Find out more about making a
will, inheritance tax, and government assistance such as Funeral
Payments and Bereavement Payments
Registering the Death
Registering a death must, by law,
be carried out within five days of its occurrence unless a
Registrar says that this period may be extended.
You can do this at the Register
in the district where the death occurred. Alternatively,
you can go to any Register Office in England and Wales and make a
of the particulars required for
If you opt to make a declaration,
the Registrar will send the details to the appropriate Register
Office. Any certificates you require will be sent to you by post,
therefore delays in organising a funeral may occur.
The Coroner service
In certain circumstances a death
will have to be referred to a Coroner. He may do one of three
- He may decide that no action is necessary and inform the
- He may decide to hold a post-mortem examination, in which case
the cause of death will be notified directly to the Registrar
instead of through a medical certificate.
- He may decide to hold an inquest. The Coroner's Office or the
Registrar will advise you what to do in these circumstances.
What the Registrar will need to
It may help you to prepare for
your visit to know that the Registrar will require the following
- The date and place of death.
- The full name of the deceased (and maiden name if
- The date and place of birth of the deceased (a birth
certificate would be helpful).
- The deceased's occupation and the full name and occupation of
her husband, if she was a married woman or a widow.
- The deceased's usual address.
- Whether the deceased was in receipt of a pension from public
- The date of birth of the deceased's spouse, if alive.
- Either the deceased's NHS number or medical card. However,
please do not delay registration if the medical card is not
Coping with the loss
If you would like help in coping
with your sad loss there is a bereavement counselling services that
may be able to help you:
Cruse Bereavement Care
Tel: (01384) 898812
Making a will
You don't have to
make a will
, but experts may advise you to do so for more
information on 'How and Why' to make a will visit the Directgov
How and when you have to pay
- an explanation of the exemptions and the role
of the personal representative or executor
If you are getting Pension
Credit, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit or certain other
benefits, you could get help towards
of a partner, a close relative or a close
is a £2,000 lump sum to help you at the
time of your husband's, wife's or partner's death.
What to do when someone dies
The Department for Work and
Pensions has published a guide entitled, 'What to do after a death
in England and Wales' which you can download from the link
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