Smith Sutcliffe Solicitors

Bereavement Guide

The loss of a loved one can be a painful and difficult time. This brief overview of the intial practical steps you are required to take will hopefully answer some questions you may have.

It is advisable that you contact the Solicitor holding the Will of the deceased to notify them and check if there are any specific funeral arrangements provided in the deceased’s Will so that these can be adhered to.


Registration of the death

This must occur within five days unless a coroner is investigating. the circumstances 

In order to register you must make an appointment at the Local Coroner's Office and take with you the Medical cause of death certificate issued by the doctor, the Birth, death, marriage or civil partnership certificates (if available) and payment for the issue of the certificate.

relative usually registers the death, however, it can be a person present at death or the person responsbile for arrnaging the funeral.

What Information do I need to know for the Registrar:-

  • • The date and place of death
  • • The date and place of birth
  • • The occupation of the deceased or whether they were retired
  • • The deceased’s full names and address at the date of death and any other names they might have been known by
  • • The deceased’s maiden name (where appropriate)
  • • If the person who has died was a married woman or widow her maiden name and the full name and occupation of her husband
  • • If the person who has died was a man, the name and occupation of his wife
  • • In the case of a couple who have registered their civil partnership, the partner’s name and occupation
  • • Your full name, address and relationship to the deceased


Death Certificate

You will be provided with a death certificate free of charge. However, there is a fee for duplicate copies to deal with the deceased affairs.


What Next?

The Registrar should provide you with two forms. You are required to complete the "White" form to notify the Department of Works and Pension of the deceased’s death. The "Tell Us Once" service should notify all other relevant DWP departments that had dealings with the deceased. 

The "Green" form for the funeral arrangements  should be provided to the undertakers.

You should again contact the Solcitor holding the Will to arrange an appointment to discuss the contents and to receive advice about administering the Estate and obtaining a Grant of Representation or Probate.


Help from Smith Sutcliffe

At Smith Sutcliffe we can do as much or as little as you require during this difficult time. During a Free intial meeting, either over the phone or in person, we can proivde expert guidance and advice to assist or act on your behalf.

Should you have any questions please do not hestitate to contact a member of our Team for further details.

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