It's always a difficult time when someone dies, and we want to do all we can to help you.
You can notify us of a death by phone. Please call 0800 085 6789 or +44 203 901 3353 if you’re calling from abroad and our Customer Care Team will freeze the account. Our lines are open 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays). They’re on hand to support and help explain the process for you.
If you would like any help completing the form, please call 0800 085 6789. Our lines are open 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays). A member of our Customer Care team can help guide you through the sections.
I’m looking for balance information, do I need to fill in the bereavement form?
No, you don’t need to fill in the bereavement form to get balance information.
To get the account balance, please post:
A letter saying you need the deceased’s balance, please include their name and account details
The orginal or certified death ceritficate
Your contact details
PO Box 74787
Or, you can call our Customer Care Team on 0800 085 6789 and then post the original or certified death certificate. Our lines are open 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays).
We’ll be in touch with the deceased account(s)’ information.
I don’t have a death certificate, what should I do?
That’s okay. You can get the death certificate by:
Posting the completed form, along with any supporting documents we ask for
We’ll contact you to close the account and transfer the balance to a linked account, or send a cheque.
I don’t have all the account details
Not to worry. Add the details you have to the form, and we can verify and find all the Marcus and/or Saga accounts the individual held.
If you’re unsure what to write in the form, please call 0800 085 6789. A member of the Customer Care Team can help advise you. Our lines are open 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays).
What’s a Grant of Probate?
A Grant of Probate, also known as Confirmation in Scotland, is a legal document that confirms who can deal with the estate (property, money and possessions) of the person who died.
This document can have two different names, depending on if the person left a will:
If the person did leave a will, it’s called a Grant of Probate
If the person didn’t leave a will, it’s called a Letter of Administration
Both documents do the same thing, giving the named person the authority to settle accounts, debts and property.
When would I need a Grant of Probate?
There’s a few scenarios where you’d need a Grant of Probate:
If you, an executor of a will or Next of Kin are settling the account(s) and the total balance is £20,000 or more then you will need a Grant of Probate.
If you’re managing the account(s) through a solicitor, you’ll need a Grant of Probate if the total balance is £50,000 or more.
If the deceased passed away abroad, you will need a Grant of Probate.
In most cases, if the linked account is still open and accepting funds then we will not require Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration to settle the funds.
Our Customer Care Team can help answer any questions you may have on your situation and if you need this document.
Can my solicitor complete this on my behalf?
Yes, your solicitor can register a death on your behalf. Add their details to the bereavement form and tick the ‘Please direct all correspondence to this solicitor only’ option.
You, or the next of kin, will still have to sign the form. But we’ll contact them and work with them to settle the accounts how you wish.
Where do I post my documents?
Post your bereavement form, original or certified death certificate and any other required documents to:
PO Box 74787
Your documents will be returned to you.
Is interest taxable when credited to the account of the person that has passed away?
Yes, in general interest earned after the date of death should be subject to UK Income Tax. It’s the responsibility of the executor(s) of the estate to confirm and report income that arises on the deceased person’s account to HMRC and settle any UK Income Tax that may be due.
Marcus is required to submit information about interest earned on the account to HMRC, including details of any executor(s), as part of our annual reporting obligations (i.e., through the annual Bank and Building Society Interest return).
How do I send my ‘Add an attorney, deputy or representative’ form with the supporting documents?
It depends if you’re an existing or a new customer.
If you’re an existing customer, there are two ways you can send us your form:
Upload the document
You can upload the form by going to your ‘My documents’ page from the top of your screen
Click the ‘Upload a document’ button
From the drop-down, select ‘Add an attorney, deputy or representative’
Upload your form and any supporting documents
Post your form
Post your ‘Add an attorney, deputy or representative’ form, along with the Original or Certified Power of Attorney and any other required documents to:
PO Box 74787
If you’re opening a new account on behalf of someone else, please call our Customer Care Team. A member will take you through the process and help you do this. Our number is 0800 085 6789 or +44 203 901 3353 we’re open 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays).
Can I have online access?
We will not provide you, as the account holder’s representative, separate online access to the account, but you will be able to manage the account over the phone.
You, as the account holder’s representative, may choose to set up online access using your own details if the account holder no longer has capacity to manage their own affairs.
We can only give online banking access to one party at a time, either donor or attorney.
There are a number of ways you can protect your money – or a friend or family member’s – if you or they are no longer able to make financial decisions. You’ll find our step-by-step guide on how to do this below, as well as all the forms you might need.
Important: If you’re applying for a new Marcus account on behalf of someone else, you’ll need to send us a completed ‘add an attorney form’. Please call us first on 0800 085 6789 – before you start your application – so that we can help you open this account.