Need some help getting your head around the formalities?

Take a look at our guide below – it’s based on information from gov.uk.


If you’d like advice or assistance over the phone or in person,

please feel free to give us a call.


The first thing you need to do is Register the death within 5 days (8 days in Scotland) – this includes weekends and bank holidays.

Before you can register the death you’ll need either:

A medical certificate – ask the GP or hospital doctor


 Permission from the coroner that you can register the death – if the death was reported to a coroner (Procurator Fiscal in Scotland)


At this point, you’ll need to know whether your loved one will be buried or cremated.

You’ll get a ‘certificate for a burial’ to give to the funeral director, or an application for cremation which you need to complete and give to the crematorium.

You must do one of these before the funeral can take place.

You can also follow these links to check what to do, depending on the circumstances:

The funeral can usually only take place after the death is registered.

If you’d like us to assist and support you with the funeral arrangements, all you have to do is get in touch.

It’s really important to make sure that all of the right government bodies know about your loved one’s passing.

In most areas, you can now use a new service called Tell Us Once. By filling in one form, the new system will notify HMRC, DWP, DVLA, The Passport Office and even their local council. If your loved one was involved in the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, they’ll be notified too.

You should find out whether you can use the Tell Us Once service from your registrar, upon registration of your loved one’s death.

Your tax, benefit claims and pension might change depending on your relationship with the person who died.

If your right to live in the UK depends on your relationship with someone who died you might need to apply for a new visa.

Check the rules if:

You might have to deal with the will, money and property of the person who’s died if you’re a close friend or relative, or the executor of the will.