Funerals/Next of kin


I am my dads next of kin he is dying now but we have no relationship and I do not wish to do anything at all for him after his death am I required legally o do anything or can I leave this to his now partner

Hi Sara,

You don't have to do anything and can leave it all to his partner. It would probably be a good idea to write a letter to the partner saying something along the lines that you are happy for her to deal with everything and have no wish to be involved.


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I can answer questions relating to the law surrounding funerals, burial and cremation in the UK as well as the practical interpretation of the laws. I have in depth knowledge of the funeral profession in the UK, the products available and what is seen as acceptable and unacceptable. I am able to advise members of the public as well as trade enquiries from those within the profession and those looking to supply or become involved with the funeral industry.


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