Usually, pensions don’t form part of the person’s estate, and aren’t covered by their will.
So if you’re due to receive benefits from the scheme, you can usually deal directly with the provider. Be aware that they might ask who the executor is and may ask to see a copy of the will.
Because pensions aren't generally part of the person’s estate, it might be possible to be paid benefits before the probate process starts. This might help cover bills, for example, until the rest of their estate is settled.
The pension provider will tell you what paperwork they need to pay out any benefits. For example, they’ll want to see the death certificate and they might need evidence of the beneficiary’s identity. Even if you know that you were named as the beneficiary, most pension providers have discretion over who they pay the money to. They might ask for details of the financial circumstances of the person who has died, although they will take into account that you were chosen by the person when they were alive.