What paperwork needs to be done when a spouse dies?
Documents You Need When a Spouse DiesBirth certificate.Death certificate.Will.Marriage certificate.Financial account records, including checkings and savings accounts, retirement accounts, pension accounts, loan accounts, and investment accounts like trusts.Real estate records, including deeds and lease agreements.More items
Do I need probate if my wife dies?
Does everyone need to use probate? No. If theres only jointly-owned property and money which passes to a spouse or civil partner when someone dies, probate will not normally be needed. If youre not sure whether probate is necessary, seek advice from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).