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Registering a Death

  • When can the death be registered? Once a doctor has issued a medical certificate giving the cause of death or the coroner has provided the necessary paperwork.
  • When should the death be registered? Generally, within five days of the death, unless the death is reported to the coroner and there has to be a post mortem or an inquest, which may delay registration.
  • Where must the death be registered? At the register office for births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships for the district where the person died. You can register in a different district and the details will be passed on to the correct district.
  • Who can register the death? Preferably a relative, but it may also be someone who was present at the death, the person who is arranging the funeral or someone from the hospital or nursing home.
  • What information do I need to register the death?

1. the medical certificate from the doctor;
2. full name (and any previous names) of the deceased;
3. the date and place of their death;
4. their occupation and their last address;
5. name, date of birth and occupation of their spouse/civil partner (whether still living or not);
6. any information you have relating to their state benefits;
7. (not essential – but it may be appropriate to take ID for yourself).

  • What if the death is reported to the coroner? The coroner may decide that:

1. the cause of death is clear and that a post mortem isn’t needed – the death can then be registered;
2. that a post mortem is needed and they will release the body for the funeral once the post mortem has been completed and no more examinations are necessary;
3. an inquest is necessary. The death can’t be registered until that has been completed, but the coroner can issue an interim death certificate as proof of death and in some cases, may allow the funeral to take place.

  • Can I object to a post mortem if one is ordered by the coroner? No, but you should tell them if you have strong religious or other objections.
  • Can I request an inquest? No, only a coroner can insist on one, but relatives can attend and ask witnesses questions.
  • What happens when I register the death? You will be given:

1. a certificate for burial or cremation (green form) to be given to the funeral director;
2. a form for the DWP (BD8); and
3. a death certificate (a copy of the entry made by the registrar in the death register), which costs £4 in England and Wales. You can buy additional copies of the death certificate at the time and it is usually helpful to have several, for each asset holder.

Our Registering a Death Solicitors are backed by nearly four decades of experience. Our legal practice and team of Family Law Solicitors have a strong track record of achieving favourable client outcomes. For expert legal advice use our contact form or call us on 0808 250 6017 today.