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What to do when someone dies


Find out if there is a will
The will sets out who the executors are – the people responsible for applying for probate, dealing with the assets within the estate and ensuring that they are distributed in line with the will. If the executors are not family members, make sure they are informed as soon as possible about what has happened.


If there is no will, then the UK intestacy rules will apply.  These set out those who should deal with the estate – called administrators.


Administrators and executors have the same duties and responsibilities and are known as personal representatives (PRs)


Immediate matters
Register the death. This must be done with the Registrar for Births and Deaths for the sub district in which the death occurred. Phone them for an appointment; they will tell you exactly what information you need to take along to the appointment.


Make arrangements for the funeral. 
Check the will to see if the person who had died had any special funeral wishes and make sure the funeral director is aware of these.


Notify the household insurer
If the house is now unoccupied you must let the insurance company know. They may have additional requirements that must be satisfied if the insurance is not to be invalidated.

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