Advice for an Expected Death

Please find below some helpful advice on dealing with an expected death of a loved one.

  • Telephone the doctor who will visit to confirm the death and advise you how to obtain the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death.
  • Contact us (01630 654490) and we will advise you on registration procedures and funeral arrangements.
  • Contact us (01630 654490) and we will advise you on registration procedures and funeral arrangements.
  • Contact the hospital to arrange collection of the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death, together with your loved one’s property.
  • Contact the home to ascertain who the Doctor is, and if the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death is available – or, if you have to collect it from the surgery.
  • Contact us (01630 654490) and we will advise you on registration procedures and funeral arrangements .
  • Contact the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages for the area in which the death occurred, and make an appointment. Take with you, the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death, issued by the Doctor, also the deceased’s medical card (if available) and information regarding their birth and marriage/civil partnership – if applicable.
  • Consider how many copies of the Death Certificate you will need in order to administer the estate of the person that has died. You will need to prove their death to the Bank/Building Society, Insurance Company, Private pension provider, etc. Certified copies of the death certificate are needed, and you have to pay for each one (currently £4.00 each as at September 2015 – eg; x 4 certificates = £16.00).
  • In addition to the Death Certificate; the Registrar will issue a green coloured certificate (which we will need in order to proceed with funeral arrangements) together with a white coloured certificate which is issued to deal with the State Pension and Benefits – if applicable.

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