When someone dies there are also many people to be informed, including several companies and organisations. Whilst it may seem daunting, letting people know can avoid any distress caused by them contacting you unexpectedly if they are not aware.
In addition, one of the first things that needs to happen is the death must be registered. While the exact process will depend on the location and nature of the death, registration normally needs to occur within 5 days of the death in England, Wales and N. Ireland and within 8 days of the death in Scotland.
You may find it helpful to make a list of all the other people who will need to be informed by telephone or letter. You can work through this gradually over the coming days and weeks and ask other people to help.
This section of the website can help you decide what you need to do and in what order, as some organisations will need to be informed more urgently than others. Not all of the tasks will need to be done in every case, but you may find this section useful so you can see which apply to you.
The pages below will guide you through the process of registration, as well as how to inform companies and organisations, reduce unwanted mail and what to do with the deceased's personal possessions or care at home equipment.
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Registering a death
- When and where to register a death
The process of registration and contacting registrars
- Who can register a death?
The factors effecting who can register a death
- What you need to register a death
Important things to remember
- What the registrar will give you
Understanding the registrar's documentation
- The tell us once service
The Local Authority based 'Tell Us Once' service
- Registering an overseas death
The registration process and alternatives
- Reducing unwanted mail
Free services available to reduce direct mail
- What to do with a car
Issues of insurance and charitable disposal options
- Return of Home Care Equipment
The register, purchased equipment, and medication
- Digital legacy
Digital technology and the law
- How to contact different services (digital legacy)
Dealing with social media and email accounts
- Informing companies and other people
Banks, pensions and care agencies
- Informing financial organisations and asset holders
Probate and asset and liaiblity holders
- Informing council provided and national services
Common agencies to consider
- Informing employment and education
Employers, trade unions and educational establishments
- Informing health services
GPs and outstanding appointments
- Informing local and other services
Some common local connections to contact
- Informing insurance on homes and cars
Invalidity and temporary arrangements