How to reg­is­ter a loved one’s death

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

The pa­per­work fol­low­ing a death in the fam­ily is of­ten a big surprise to those left be­hind.

Among other things, ar­range­ments need to be made re­gard­ing in­sur­ance, bank­ing, do­mes­tic mat­ters, and of course the funeral.

The pri­or­ity is to reg­is­ter the death; this is a le­gal re­quire­ment, and noth­ing can hap­pen un­til a death cer­tifi­cate has been is­sued.

If the cause of death is un­known, sud­den or un­ex­plained it may be re­ported to the coroner.

In this case, reg­is­ter­ing the death can­not take place un­til the coroner gives per­mis­sion.

How­ever, in most cases regis­tra­tion is a rel­a­tively sim­ple pro­ce­dure which takes about thirty min­utes, and can be car­ried out at any reg­is­ter of­fice in the UK.

Us­ing the of­fice in the area in which the death took place means all rel­e­vant doc­u­ments will be is­sued on the day.

In most cases the pro­ce­dure is straight­for­ward, and may be car­ried out by a rel­a­tive of the de­ceased per­son, some­one who was present at the death, an ad­min­is­tra­tor from the hospi­tal if that is where death oc­curred, or the per­son mak­ing ar­range­ments with the funeral di­rec­tors.

First, the regis­trar will need to see the med­i­cal cer­tifi­cate show­ing the cause of death, signed by a doc­tor. Other pa­per­work should in­clude the de­ceased per­son’s birth cer­tifi­cate, mar­riage or civil part­ner­ship cer­tifi­cate, driv­ing li­cence, NHS med­i­cal card, passport, coun­cil tax bill, and a proof of ad­dress such as a util­ity bill.

The regis­trar will need to know the de­ceased per­son’s full name at the time of death, pre­vi­ous names, date and place of birth, last ad­dress and oc­cu­pa­tion, and whether they were re­ceiv­ing ben­e­fits such as a state pen­sion. The name, date of birth and oc­cu­pa­tion of a sur­viv­ing or late spouse or civil part­ner will also be re­quired.

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