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    • Banks have different limits above which they require Probate. So it may be Probate is not needed, although as he died with no Will that could complicate things. Is all the £28k with Virgin Money? Your wife should contact all banks who hold his money with the death certificate and ask them what they need to release the funds to her. Most banks have a central "bereavement department". Check their websites. Use that department rather than general call centre or bank branch. Your wife may also have to provide evidence that she is his daughter. When his wife died it sounds like they had a joint bank account so that's why her money just went across to him. But as it isn't a joint account now transfer to your wife won't be quite that simple.  
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    • She's an only child and he as a brother and sister. He has no will and we have done a check on this to find out if he had left one and nothing has come up. He has savings of around 28k His sister and brother are well off so 28k is nothing to them and aren't interested in his money. This just leaves my wife/his daughter. Would this still need to go to probate there is no estate e.g house or business to sell and the amount left in his bank is just small? When his wife died they just closed her bank account and moved her money across to his account and we just assumed that once my wife has handed in the death certificate and shown evidence of who she is the same would apply to her? We don't know yet the council have only just written to us today with a guide of what to do next.  
    • Did your FiL leave a Will and if so who is the Executor? Strictly speaking banks could refuse to take instructions until Probate is granted but In practice I would expect the bank to take instructions to cancel the DD if the Executor presents the death certificate and a certified copy of the Will
    • Hi   Sorry I probably wasn't clear enough. He had lived in the flat until December 2022 with Dementia by this time it was unsafe for him to have capacity to live on his own and he had to move into a nursing home. We had left it too late to apply for power of attorney so approached a solicitor in March last year for Deputyship. We were still in the process of dealing with it by May 2024. He passed away a few weeks ago and the solicitor was contacted to halt the application and we will just pay the fees of what work he has done up until now. My wife was the named person on her dads bank account but we didn't have the ability to alter any direct debits hence the reasons for applying for Deputyship as we were having problems trying to stop some payments coming out of his account Eon being another difficult company. We kept his flat on from December 2022 - August 2023. it was at this point I contacted Sancutary housing to inform them he was no longer living in the flat, it had been cleared out and was ready for a new tenant and that he had Dementia and had moved into a nursing home December 2022 and explained the reasons why we kept it on. As the named person to speak on his behalf I asked them what proof they needed in order to give notice on the flat e.g proof of dementia and proof that he was living in a nursing home and anything else they wanted. The lady in the upstairs flat and some of the other residence in the street had asked about him and we had told them he had moved into a nursing home. The lady in the upstairs flat wanted his flat for medical reasons so asked us once we had given notice could be let her know and she'll ask them if she can have it. We explained the difficulties and it was left at that but I did tell her I would let her know once notice was given. I contacted the company by email a number of times and also telephone conversations and nobody followed it up and it wasn't till the end of February this year that the housing manager for the area wrote to our home address to ask about him that he had been to the flat a couple of times and nobody answered and he had asked some of the residence in the street and they hadn't seen him for sometime. There was an email address on the letter so I contacted him and copied in the last 2 emails I sent Sanctuary regarding me wanting to give notice on the flat for at least 9 months explaining that it went ignored as well as telephone calls. I also stated I wanted to have his rent payments returned from the date I wanted to give notice which was from August 2023 as the bank wouldn't let us stop the DD without POT or deputyship explaining we were in the process of Deputyship. He gave some excuse about not having POT to cancel on his behalf and spoke to someone in HR and said he would contact the nursing home to confirm he was there with Dementia and if it all checks out we can give notice on the flat which came to an end on the 22 March 2024. There was not mention of back payments for the rent already paid or the fact I had asked to give notice in August 2023. Despite someone living in the flat from 1st April they continue to take DD payments for the flat and have taken another 2 payments of £501. another concerning thing despite Eon not allowing us to cancel the DD to his account the lady upstairs informed Eon that she was moving into the flat February 2024 and Eon refunding the account to his bank and said in an email sorry you are leaving us and canceled his account. Something they wouldn't let us do but a stranger. She also changed her bank account to his address despite the fact notice hadn't been given on the flat yet. So we need to find out how much information Sanctuary actually had for her to tell her power company she was moving into the flat in February despite the housing manager only just getting in contact to find out where he was. So a complaint is going into Eon and Sanctuary and we are going to take advice and ask the bank to charge back the rent. My wife hasn't taken the death certificate to the bank yet to inform them of his passing.  
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We successfully claimed from Petplan insurance to have a biopsy on a small-ish Lipoma (fatty lump) on our Cockapoo in March 2019.

This resulted in an exclusion being added to our policy doc (which I've  only just noticed) : "excluding claims resulting from or connected to Lipomas from 08/03/20".

Winnie developed a NEW mass (probably a Lipoma) Aug 2022. This is growing rapidly and the vet is concerned that it will ultimately effect her mobility or other generate other health issues and advised it should be removed. Its currently the size of a grapefruit, but could potentially grow to size of a watermelon.

It feels unfair that because we had a biopsy (not treatment) on a previous small lump, we are not allowed to claim for something more problemlematic, even though it is a New issue. 

Our policy is a '12 month' type - restricting only treating one condition for 12 months.

Can I appeal, and contest that the quoted exclusion imposed is too big an umbrella ie too big a penalty.

We have paid £400/Yr for 8.5years and feel that the small print is stacked against the customer unfairly.

Or am.i wasting my time trying to convince Petplan, this new issue is not related to the past biopsy.

Thanks for any advice.


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Standard way of operating for pet Insurances. Each 12 month policy is totally separate. Make a claim for any condition and it does not matter if treatment is actually completed, the Insurers for the next 12 month period onwards will exclude further cover for the condition.

Not much you can do. You could complain and then continue this with the FOS, but very unlikely they would uphold the complaint in your favour.

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Thanks for taking time to give me advice.

Heartbreaking,  but perhaps I'll have to accept the painful and very expensive outcome.

So frustrating, as even our vet thinks its a New health issue. Just cant convince Petplan.

Think we'll cancel the policy - lessons learned 😔

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Sadly, a lot of people are caught out by this and I've seen the same with human health insurance.

For what it's worth a lifetime policy is the best one to have but it wouldn't cover pre-existing conditions. It could be worth considering even now at renewal time, depending on Winnie's age.

Here's a link to a comparison website I picked at random. Others are available.


Lifetime cover is the most comprehensive pet insurance available as it continues cover for a condition, year after year. Compare quotes with us...



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