Who to notify after a death
Having to deal with the affairs of the deceased can be complicated and upsetting. Sorting out these issues is an essential task that we can help guide you through.
When someone dies
When someone dies, the first steps you need to take will depend on how and where they died. See our useful guide to find out more.
Choosing a funeral director
The death of a loved one is one of the most upsetting experiences we have to go through. So, when choosing a good funeral director, what should you be looking out for?
How to register a death
Before you can begin to plan a funeral for your loved one you will need to register the death at the Registrar’s Office. It’s important that this is carried out within 5 days of receiving the medical certificate. Here we will explain how to register a death in Essex.
Probate & the will
When someone dies, you may be given the task of sorting out their property, money and other possessions, to be able to carry out this job you will need to apply for Probate. Before you begin this process you need to find out if there’s a Will as soon as you can, it may contain important instructions such as the deceased’s funeral wishes. The Will also names the executor and any beneficiaries.
Help with funeral costs
Bereavement is, without doubt, a devastating experience that can increase financial strain. If you’re in a position where you can’t afford to pay for a funeral, there are options available and you may be eligible for a Funeral Expenses Payment from the Social Fund.
Funeral price options
We are pleased to offer a number of price options, which include Unattended Cremation, Simple Cremation, and the Traditional Funeral package.
Who to notify after death can not always seem very obvious. If you are worried about who to tell when someone has died, this simple checklist will act as a handy guide to help you through the process. Why not print it out and tick things off as you go? You will also find many useful contact numbers of organisations offering support and help HERE.
Who to notify after a death checklist
It’s a good idea to have as much of the following information close to hand about the person who has died. This will simplify the task of completing any forms or documents and giving information verbally over the phone.
- National Insurance number
- National Health Medical number
- NHS number
- Date and place of birth
- Date of marriage or civil partnership (if appropriate)
- Child Benefit number if applicable
- Tax reference number
Who to do in the first five days
- Advise Family doctor
- Register the death
- Find the Will. (The deceased’s solicitor may hold this)
- Begin funeral arrangements. (Check the Will for funeral wishes)
- If the deceased was in receipt of benefits or tax credits, contact the Bereavement Service
- Blue badge holders – the badge must be returned to the Blue Badge Unit
- If the person who has died was the first named on an insurance policy, make contact as early as possible to check that you are still insured
Who may need to know when someone has died
- Relatives and friends
- Doctor/Dentist/other health professionals
- Social Groups
As well as informing people who are close to the person, in many cases, you’ll need to close down accounts, or cancel/change insurance details, subscriptions, agreements, payments, or direct debits.
Reporting a death to Government Organisations
- HMRC Tax Office
- National Insurance Contributions Office if they were self-employed (to cancel payments)
- Child Benefit Office (at latest within eight weeks)
- UK Identity and Passport Service
- DVLA to return any driving license, cancel car tax, or return car registration documents/change ownership
Essex County Council operates a ‘Tell Us Once” initiative, a free service which allows family to pass on the information to Essex County Council just once – and they will tell government and council services on your behalf.
- Insurance companies for home, car, travel, or medical
- Pension providers
- Life insurance companies
- Banks and building societies
- Mortgage provider
- Hire purchase or loan companies
- Credit card providers and store cards
- Utility companies/TV internet companies/Mobile phone
If there is a Will
Contact the Executor(s) if this isn’t you. The Executor(s) has/have been nominated in the Will to sort out the deceased’s affairs. They can then start the process of applying for Probate
If there is no Will
- Decide who will apply to sort out the deceased’s affairs
- Contact the Probate Registry to apply for ‘letters of administration