On my retirement from the Military, I opened a file for my wife titled: ‘WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT OF MY DEATH.’ In it, I enclosed instructions on what she has to do on my death. The instructions I placed in a yellow folder, so as to make it easy to recognise Please feel free to copy or improve what I have done to help that person. What, is going to be a sad and difficult time for your loved ones, possibly not for some. This is only a guide and nothing else.
For my wife, I have written a short letter to each of the addresses below of my death. With instructions that she has to sign and date each letter and enclose a copy of my death certificate, I included with each letter a stamped addressed envelope. Note: your letters must contain your National Insurance Number and military service number.
If you are in receipt of a war pension of 80% or more at the time of your death you are entitled to help with funeral expensive. To make a claim for war widows pension one has to make a claim to receive it. However, for a normal military pension, you do not have to make a claim. Your spouse will receive from the date of your death, 108 days of your pension at the full rate and thereafter 50% or 2 thirds depending on how you opted out of the NIC scheme.
Your letter must be sent to the following:
65 Brown Square
West RH10 1UH
The Pension Service 5
Mail handling Site A
If you want assistance in drafting a latter to the various departments please ask.
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