When someone you know dies, even if it has been anticipated, is can come as a huge shock to the system. Unfortunately there is not much time to fret or grieve in the first few days, as you will need to inform a number of people and organisations and complete certain documents needed by law.
If you are a relative or friend you can do some of these things yourself. Others will need to be done by the Executor or Administrator of the estate.
The first few days
You won’t be able to do everything right away, but in the first few days you’ll need to do the following:
- Obtain a medical certificate of cause of death signed by a Doctor or of the Coroner is involved take instructions from the Coroner’s Officers regarding registration of the death.
- Register the death at the Register Office.
- Begin arrangements for the funeral – you should check the Will for any special requests.
- Contact a Funeral Director. If death occurs at home or in a nursing home a Funeral Director will need to be contacted to move the deceased to a Chapel of Rest.
- Tell the family doctor.
As early as possible
- Contact the Executor as soon as you can to enable him/her to start the process of obtaining probate if necessary. The Executor is usually nominated in the Will.
- If there is no Will, decide who will apply to administer the deceased’s affairs and contact the Probate Registry to apply for ‘letters of administration’ if necessary.
At Harry Tomes Ltd., we are here to support you every step of the way. We have created this website to help and share as much information to cover most circumstances, but please don’t hesitate to give us a call at any time for assistance or advice.
Who’s in charge when I die
Your next of kin and your executor(s) are in charge when you die. If you have no will or no close relatives there can sometimes be complications.
Should I make a will
By making a Will you will ensure that your assets, no matter how small, are distributed in line with your wishes.
Making a Will
A will sets out how your estate (your assets) should be distributed, and names an executor(s) to take care of this task. A will is only valid if your signature has been witnessed by 2 adults who are not beneficiaries of the will in anyway.