Thank you Hadenoughnow, that's a relief. I believe my daughter will get a share of the estate, the other siblings will be more than fair with regards to her - but they are talking of putting it into a trust until she is 25. Which again, I am happy with, the problem is the here and now and how I manage financially until my daughter finishes full time education. If they are unable to set up a trust for her, I guess the financials will be given to her immediately. I will speak with specialists as you have advised, but if there is anyone who can give some guidance on this.
My other concern is that she may have been able to claim on my ex-husbands pensions, What if he has cashed them all in though? Not knowing the financial situation and there not being a will currently this is proving rather worrying.
You can write to the trustees of the pension funds you know about. You may need a copy of the death certificate. They should be able to confirm whether he still had a pension with them and what support your daughter will get.
I've spoken to the trustees of 3 of the 8 pensions he had. These three were with the same company and they have all been transferred to management company of SIPS. I suspect he brought the land and built his house with this as he's mortgage free. They require the death cert. (which his older children will have and won't provide to me of course) so they need to write to them and provide information on beneficiaries etc. but I'm pretty sure he will have tied that down so that my daughter doesn't get anything until she's older (if anything at all), so I'm stuffed on the pension front as he'll have transferred the others like that too. I knew it was a long shot. I'm not sure what else to do now. I'm writing to the CMS to let them know he's passed, but I did have an ongoing request with them and they did investigate him as he'd avoided paying what he should as his company accounts were hidden so he paid minimal maintenance and avoided tax. But as it must have been off-shore they found nothing. But what if when the estate is put together it shows that his earnings were much much higher, can they then claim back what was owed in child maintenance as they can prove then that he was hiding funds? Or should I just give up and realise that he's got everything tied up and we will be stuffed.