When someone dies there are a lot of practical matters to attend to. As well as registering the death, arranging the funeral and perhaps liaising with the Coroner’s office you also need to inform various agencies of the person’s death.

Here is a list of which organisations you should contact:

  • Bank/building society
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • The deceased’s place of work
  • Ministry of Defence, service personnel and veteran (for the Armed Forces)
  • Pension providers
  • HM Revenue and Customs
  • Identity and passport service
  • Local council for council tax, council housing, housing and other benefits
  • Social services

You will need to have the following details to hand:

  • The deceased national insurance number
  • Their date of birth
  • The date of death
  • Details of any benefits or services that they are receiving from the local council or the DWP
  • Driving license or driving number
  • Passport or passport number

When someone dies the practical steps are unavoidable. Once they are dealt with the family or a friend of the deceased has time to reflect on what has happened. They may be unhappy about the circumstances in which their loved one has died, especially if they died in a hospital or in a care home, or if someone has died in custody or died in prison. The death may have been caused by a medical mistake or from poor health or social care. Similarly it may have been a death at work due to health and safety breaches or negligence. Violence in public or in the home might a factor.

If you have given this some thought and you would like to take matters further, we will investigate the death for you. We will act on behalf of the deceased and the family members.

We offer a “no win no fee” service to all of our clients. We shall treat your claim with complete confidentiality and sensitivity.

Please bear in mind that you have 1 year to bring a claim under the Human Rights Act and 3 years to bring a claim for personal injuires or clnical negligence.

For legal advice when someone has died ring or email us today.

Don’t wait. It is important to get things moving.