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DALE & Co. Solicitors Lincoln
Justine Hunt
Chartered Legal Executive Director
Lasting Power Of AttorneyPlanning Your WillWhat To Do When Someone Dies

What To Do When Someone Dies

The time immediately following a death can be extremely difficult, but it is important to make sure that you do certain things within the first 5 days. You will need to contact the GP for a Doctor’s Certificate - this will contain the cause of death and will be needed to register the death. To register the death, you will have to arrange an appointment at the local Registry Office. The death doesn't actually need to be registered within five days – you just need to have an appointment. The Lincoln Registry Office telephone number is 01522 782244

Please note that if the death has been reported to a Coroner, you can’t register the death until the Coroner gives permission. 

What do I need to take with me to register the death?

In order to register a death, you will need a Doctor’s Certificate. You cannot register a death without it. Other useful documents you should take are the Birth Certificate, Marriage/Civil Partnership Certificate and NHS Medical Card of the deceased. However, these are not essential so don’t worry if you don’t have them.

The Registrar will also need certain information about the deceased. This includes:

  • The person’s full name at the time of death, and any previous names (e.g. maiden name)
  • The date and place of their birth
  • Their last address
  • Their occupation
  • The full name, date of birth and occupation of surviving spouse or civil partner
  • Details of state pension or benefits

Who can register a death?

The death is usually registered by a relative, but as long as all of the paperwork and information is provided, the death can also be registered by the person making the funeral arrangements, anyone present at the death, an occupant of the same address as the deceased, or a hospital official.

Contact Dale & Co. today for more help and guidance.

Last Updated: Thursday 25th April 2019