1. Medical Certificate
The first thing needed after somebody passes is a medical certificate. This details the cause of death, and is usually given to you by a member of staff if they passed in a hospital. If the person died at home, it may be necessary to phone their GP.
2. Register the Death
This should be done within 5 days of the death, unless there is an inquest. You can find your nearest register office here, and it’s a good idea to ask the registrar office for multiple copies of the death certificate. Having multiple copies can help you deal with institutions such as banks, who often won’t accept a photocopy of the certificate. It is free to register the death, but certificates are £11 per copy.
The death is usually registered by a relative, but it can also be: Someone who witnessed the death, an administrator from the hospital where they died or the person in charge of arranging the funeral.
3. The Will and the Funeral
As many people’s funeral wishes are contained within their will. It is vital to try and find this document before arranging the funeral plans. Banks will often release funds for a funeral without the Will being found upon being presented with a birth certificate.
In the UK, funerals cost on average £4800 and usually happen before probate is granted. The usual ways to pay for a funeral are: insurance, funds of the deceased person or payment from elsewhere such as the Funeral Payment Scheme.
4. Notify Organisations
There are many organisations that need to be informed and thankfully the Government’s Tell Us Once Service allows you to inform organisations such as the Passport Office, HMRC and the DVLA at the same time.
Other organisations that may need informing of the person’s passing are: