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Money matters after a death

Money matters after a death 

When someone close to you dies there are many things that have to be decided and done at a time of considerable stress. Overview of issues such as social welfare entitlements, tax and other money matters that may need to be addressed.


Access to money after a death

It is not easy to get immediate access to a deceased person's money in Ireland unless it is in a joint account. Find out more here.


Financial assistance following a bereavement

Supports are available in Ireland to help families following a bereavement. Describes certain once-off Health Service Executive (HSE) Area and social welfare payments. Find out how to apply.


Benefits and entitlements following a death

An overview of the different social welfare benefits available when someone dies.


Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner’s (Non-Contributory) Pension

This document describes the Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner’s Non-Contributory Pension (formerly Widow's/Widower's (Non-Contributory) Pension) which is payable to widowed people or surviving civil partners who do not qualify for a contributory pension and who pass a means test.


Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's (Contributory) Pension

A Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's contributory pension (formerly the Widow's/Widower's (Contributory) Pension) and related social welfare benefits may be payable if either the deceased person or their spouse/civil partner has enough PRSI contributions.


Bereavement grants

Outlines the rules, regulations and application procedure involved in applying for the three types of Bereavement Grants.


Guardian's payments

A guardian's payment or Orphan's Pension may be made to a person taking care of an orphan. In some cases it can be paid directly to the orphan.


Death Benefits under the Occupational Injuries Scheme

Information about Death Benefits under the Occupational Injuries Scheme.


Income tax credits and reliefs following a death

A brief summary of the tax treatment of unmarried and widowed people in the year of death. An outline of tax treatment of married couples in the year of death of one spouse is also included.


Capital Acquisitions Tax

If you receive a gift, you may have to pay Gift Tax on it. If you receive an inheritance following a death, it may be liable to Inheritance Tax. Both these taxes are types of Capital Acquisitions Tax.



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