When someone dies the first question which needs to be asked is whether there is a valid Will. If there is a Will the “Executors” (the people nominated by the deceased in the Will to administer the estate) must locate the original Will. Sometimes the Will is at the deceased’s home, but usually a firm of Solicitors, Will Writers or perhaps a Bank will hold the original Will. In order for the Will to be released you will need to provide authority from all Executors named in the Will together with 2 forms of identification for each Executor and the original death certificate of the deceased.
It may well be that the deceased never made a Will and if this is the case the Rules of Intestacy will apply. These rules govern who may apply to administer the estate (“the Administrators”) and who the beneficiaries are.