There are a number of things that need to be done within the first five days, sadly these have to be during a time of distress. Some of these matters can be attended to by the relatives or a close friend, others need to be completed by the executor or administrator of the estate.
Notify the family Doctor (if not already done so)
Register the Death at the registrar’s office.
Complete Form BD8 (if appropriate) when you register and send it to the Job centre Plus or Social Security office.
Find the Will, this may be kept at home, in a bank or at a solicitors.
Contact the executor of the will, this may be a relative or a third party (i.e. Solicitor)
Begin funeral arrangements, the Will may be able to help you.
If the person who has died was receiving any benefits or tax credits, advise the offices that were making the payments that the person has died.
What happens if there isn’t a Will?
If someone dies without making a will, they are said to have died ‘intestate’. If this happens, the law sets out who should deal with the deceased’s affairs and who should inherit their estate. A relative may be able take on the duties of sorting out the deceased estate but it is generally best to seek some form of legal advice to ensure that they are complying with the law.
Who else should I notify?
Clubs, Associations, Social Groups, Trade Unions and places of worship
The relevant Tax Office
National Insurance Contributions Office (for those who are self-employed)
Child Benefit Office (notify within 8 weeks)
The Local Authority (Council Tax, Social Services)
Voluntary Organisations that may have been providing help and assistance
UK Passport Office
DVLA (Vehicle Ownership, Car Tax, Driving Licences)
General Insurance Companies (Car, House or Medical Insurance) (If the deceased was the first name on the policy, you need to check that you are still insured)
Rental, Lease or Hire Purchase Companies
Pension Providers and Life Insurance Companies
Bank & Building Societies
Credit Card, Store Card or Catalogue Companies.
Landlord, Local Authority or Housing Association, if in rented property
Utility Companies, Gas, Electric, Water, if the bill is in the deceased name TV or Internet Companies
The Royal Mail, the deceased’s mail may need re-routing
Dentist, Chiropractor, Osteopath, Hairdresser
Creditors – anyone to whom the deceased owed money
Debitors – anyone who owed the deceased money
Supporting you along the way
If you wish to have a discussion with one of our funeral arrangers, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We can talk through yours and your loved one’s needs and discuss how we can best celebrate their life.