What are the immediate steps to take after someone has died?

Unfortunately, we will all experience the loss of a loved one at some point in our lives, and it can be easy to get overwhelmed with the practical steps you will need to take.

With emotions running high, it can be difficult to consider the administrative duties that you will need to perform. However, knowing what to expect during this time can reduce some of the stress of the situation.

For this reason, we will outline the steps that will need to be taken soon after a loved one has passed away.

Firstly, you will need to obtain a medical certificate to confirm the cause of death, with the exact date and time.

Although this may be challenging, it is vital to get this as soon as possible to proceed with the necessary arrangements.

Following this, you will be able to register the death with the deceased’s local register office. It is very time-sensitive and should be done within five days of the demise unless a coroner needs to determine the exact cause of death.

To register a death, you will need to attend an appointment with the Registrar of Births, Deaths, and Marriages.

Make note that you should take proof of your identity (including proof of address) to the appointment, along with the following documents relating to the person that has died:

Once the death is registered, you will be able to purchase copies of the death certificate, which you will be required to provide to the relevant parties when unfreezing the individual’s assets and administering the estate.

We advise obtaining multiple copies of the death certificate, which cost approximately £8 to £12.

You can also begin to arrange the funeral, as you should receive a Green Certificate to pass to the Funeral Director.

During this strenuous time, you may wish to appoint an expert to assist with the next steps relating to applying for probate and administering the estate.

For advice on administering an estate, tune in to our next private client blog. If you need help or advice in the meantime with related concerns, please contact us.

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