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What to do when someone dies

When someone dies there are many decisions and arrangements to be made. Sadly, these have to be made at a time of personal distress.

Some of these things can be done by a close relative or friend; others need to be done by the executor or administrator of the estate. These are people appointed to carry out the terms of a will.

To help you, we’ve put together a simple checklist to guide you through the process.

Before you start, it is very useful to have the following information to hand about the person who has died. This will make the task of completing any forms or documents much easier.

  • National Insurance number
  • NHS number
  • Date and place of birth
  • Date of marriage or civil partnership (if appropriate)
  • Child Benefit number
  • Tax reference number

What to do in the first five days

  • Notify the family doctor
  • Register the death at the register office
  • Find the will – the deceased person’s solicitor may have a copy if you can’t find one
  • Begin funeral arrangements – you will need to check the will for any special requests
  • If relevant, complete form BD8 given to you when you register the death and send to the local Jobcentre Plus or Social Security
  • If the person who has died was receiving any benefits or tax credits, advise the offices that were making the payments.

Registering a death

Arranging a funeral

For further advice please conract Adrian Berkeley on 0161 371 0011

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