Checklist What to do when someone dies
Obtain a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD) from a Medical Professional
Gather important information and documentation (where relevant):
- Medical Certificate of Death (MCCD)
- Date and place of birth (Birth Certificate, if possible)
- Date and place of death
- Proof of address (e.g utility bill)
- National Insurance number
- NHS number
- Tax reference number
- Child Benefit number
- Driving License
- Council Tax
- Date/s of Marriage/s, Civil Partnership, Divorce/s (If appropriate)
- Details of spouse or partner (including their NI number)
- Organ Donor information
- Did they have any Government Pensions or other benefits?
Register the death. Make an appointment with the local Registrar of Births and Deaths. The death must be registered within 5 days (8 in Scotland). NB You will need to have the MCCD to register
From the Registrar of Birth & Deaths you will need to obtain the following:
Death Certificate plus multiple certified copies (you will need certified copies to send to banks, legal and insurance companies)
A Certificate for Burial or Cremation (a ‘Green Form’), (GR021 in N. Ireland)
A Registration or Notification of Death Form (BD8) (3344SI in Scotland, 36/DB8 in N.Ireland). Fill in and send to the Dept of Works and Pensions
Inform the relevant Government Departments – using the ‘Tell Us Once‘ service, if there is one in your area, or individually if there is not.
- Department for Work and Pensions (DWP Bereavement Service)
- HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)
- National Insurance (NI) Contributions Office
- Child Benefit Office
- Tax Credit Office
- Passport Office
- Personal, Workplace and Armed Forces Pensions
- Local Council
- Office of the Public Guardian to cancel or alter power of attorney
- DVLA (if the person had a driving licence or to change vehicle registration details)
Below is a list of other organisations you may need to inform. Not all will be relevant to you and it is not exhaustive, but you can add to it as necessary.
- Financial Adviser
- Banks, Pay Pal, Bitcoin, etc
- Utility providers (electric, gas, water, etc)
- Insurers (household, mortgage, life, health, car, pet, etc)
- Mortgage provider
- Credit card provider
- Social media platforms
- Car loan
- TV and media subscriptions (Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc)
- Books, audio books, music subscriptions
- Online gaming subscriptions
- Online photo/data storage
- Home security systems
- Mobile phone
- Landline telephone
- Antivirus (Norton, etc)
- Gym or health club membership
- Loyalty cards
- Trade Unions
Is there a Will and/or a Letter of Wishes? A letter of wishes may specify whether the person who has died would like to be buried or cremated.
Is there a pre-paid funeral plan or funeral insurance?
The Executors (if there is a Will) or Administrators (if there is no Will) will need to apply to the Probate Registry.
Check your entitlement to Government support and benefits.
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