The surviving spouse

Losing your spouse/civil partner or unmarried partner is a difficult and distressing time. Most people would be unsure of what to do and will generally have a lot of questions. There is usually much to organise and arrange, and knowing where to begin can make things less stressful.

This section provides information and some basic first steps to assist you.

Here you learn who needs to be informed of the death, what steps should be taken to locate the Will and the answers to questions that you may have about property and superannuation:

 

Locate the Will

Written by Terry Johansson | 13th September 2013

Your spouse/civil partner or unmarried partner’s original Will must be located and examined. Some people keep their Wills with solicitors or banks for safekeeping. However others simply keep their Wills amongst their personal papers. A Will typically appoints someone to act as executor and trustee; usually the same person acts...

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Some first steps

Written by Terry Johansson | 13th September 2013

Before doing anything else, you should ensure that you allow yourself proper time to grieve for the loss of your spouse/civil partner or unmarried partner. Even though there is much to arrange, it is important that you permit yourself some time for yourself. You must register the death of your...

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Will I receive my spouse/civil partner or unmarried partner’s superannuation?

Written by Terry Johansson | 13th September 2013

You may not automatically receive a benefit from your spouse/civil partner or unmarried partner’s superannuation fund. The contributor to a superannuation fund is usually entitled to nominate a third party to receive the benefits due after the contributor’s death. This nomination is often not binding on the trustee of the...

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International Issues

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International Issues

More info on Wills
& Inheritance?

More info

LGBT RightsWhere do you stand?

More info

Making a Will

Find out what’s involved

More info