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What to do following a bereavement

If the death occurs at home

If death occurs at home. As soon as possible inform your doctor that the death has occurred. When he/she has left you may telephone a funeral director to convey your loved one to their premises. The doctor may write out the Medical Certificate of Death but usually request you pick it up from the surgery. Telephone first to check it is ready

When a death occurs in hospital

After 24 hrs in hospital the procedure is very similar. Apply to the hospital for the Medical Certificate of Death, not your family doctor. You can register the death in some hospitals. E.g. Airedale Hospital.

Sudden unexpected death

If the deceased has not seen a doctor for 14 days prior to death or died in hospital within 24 hrs of admission, procedure is different and can delay the funeral. The police and/or Coroner are involved and work in your interest. In this case doctors do not normally issue a Medical Certificate of Death as the cause of death is confirmed by a post mortem. After contact with the Coroner's office, the Coroner will send this certificate to the Registrar's Office in the district where the death occurred; you can then register the death (Except if there is an inquest).

Registering a death

Who can register a death

Documents required

Information required to register

Certificates given at registration

What is Probate

Probate is required to distribute the estate (money, property and possessions) to those entitled. The Probate Registry issue a document called a Grant of Probabte.

There are three types of grant. Why is a Grant of Probate necessary? Is a Grant of Probate always needed?

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