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When someobody dies it is undoubtedly a very emotional time for family and friends. This can make it hard to know what you need to do next.
However, there are some clear steps that loved ones can take when dealing with Probate, and our team are experienced in providing compassionate and reliable advice to relatives.
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In the first few days after death, you must obtain a medical certificate from a GP or a doctor from the hospital. You will then be able to collect death certificates and arrange the deceased’s funeral.
However, this may differ if the death was reported to a Coroner or happened abroad.
If the death has been reported to a coroner, you will not be able to register the death until the coroner gives their permission. A doctor may report the death to a coroner in a number of cases such as:
- The cause of death was unknown
- The death was violent or unnatural
- The death was sudden and unexplained
If the person has died abroad, you must register the death according to the regulations in the country the person died.
The document you will be provided with can be used in the UK although the death can also be registered with UK authorities if you so wish.
You should attempt to locate the deceased’s Will as soon as possible; the deceased may have stated funeral wishes or expressed whether they wanted to be buried or cremated.
Once the death has been registered you can arrange the deceased’s funeral. This is something you are able to do yourself, or you can contact a funeral director.
If you arrange the funeral through a funeral director, you will be responsible for the costs. However, you can recover these costs from the deceased’s estate.
Bear in mind that the deceased’s Will may include special instructions for their funeral.
After the funeral is probably the right time to begin the administration process.
If the deceased had a valid Will in place, it should nominate at least one Executor. This is the person, or people if more than one, with a duty to administer the deceased’s estate. This process involves collecting in the deceased’s assets and distributing them in accordance with the deceased’s Will.
If the deceased did not have a valid Will in place, the Rules of Intestacy set out the order of relatives entitled to administer the estate. Similarly, these rules establish the beneficiaries of the deceased’s estate.
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