Initial Steps to Take after Someone Dies

Year Published: 2020

Coping with the death of a close family member or friend is understandably difficult and, at a time of loss, there are a number of practicalities that need to be dealt with more quickly than others. The initial steps that should be taken immediately after someone dies are:

Register the Death

  • The death should normally be registered by the Registrar within five days. If a coroner is involved, the registration can sometimes be delayed.
  • You will need to make an appointment with the Registrars to register the death. There is a list of people who can register the death and these details, together with details of how to register a death can be found on the Cheshire East website.
  • A guide to what papers are required when registering a death can be found on the official government website.

Locate the Will

  • It is important to locate the Will to check if it contains any funeral wishes.
  • If you believe that there is a Will but you are unable to locate a copy, you can carry out a search for a Will with Certainty National Will Register.

Plan the Funeral

What Next?

  • A Grant of Probate may be required to enable the Executor / Administrator (where there is no Will) to administer the estate. A Grant of Probate is a court order which gives authority to the executors to deal with a deceased’s estate. If there was no valid Will, the order is known as a Grant of Letters of Administration and is issued to administrators. The term ‘personal representatives’ may be used to refer to either an executor or an administrator.

At SAS Daniels, we can assist you with either applying for a Grant of Probate (also known as a Grant of Representation), or through the full estate administration process after someone dies. We tailor the work according to your needs to ensure that the process is completed as smoothly as possible.

Our Estate Administration and Probate services continue to operate as normal and to ensure peace of mind during this time, telephone or video consultations can be arranged with our private client experts who will always be available to assist you.

For more guidance on what to do after someone dies, contact Estate Administration and Probate Partner, Helen Gowin, on 01260 282351 or email [email protected].

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