UK LegalFilter: Can you do a dead person for benefit fraud? What happens if you try? Details include a house sold privately, and a whole lot of uncertainty.
Once upon a time, a little old lady sold her house to a relative, or possibly the relative's spouse, for approximately half of its market value, on the understanding that said relative would move in and look after her.
Some years (more than two but less than seven) later, the little old lady died in a care home. Based on information from the care home staff, someone used the DWP's handy 'Are Hippies And Foreigners Stealing Our Money?' form (this one
) to express their concerns about how the old lady's relative, or possibly the relative's spouse, had been managing her finances.
There was, of course, a will. Initially, people were told that the estate would be finalised once the last bill was paid. That bill was paid some months ago, and people are now being told (with no explanation) that they won't get anything until a date some 10 months after the funeral.
I'm wondering if any sort of investigation may be ongoing into the deceased's financial situation, and the way the relative handled it (deliberately reducing her assets in order to claim more benefits while keeping the assets for themself). If so, is there any way I can find out out about it? Might there be a court appearance, that they would be trying to keep quiet?
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