After a death

When someone dies, there can be pressure to make big decisions quickly. This guide provides information to help you make the right decisions for you.

Organising a funeral or memorial service is one of the more pressing tasks to perform after someone dies.

Often, the instructions for this service may be included in the will. So locating the will also becomes a priority at this time: a time when family and friends have to deal with grief and possibly be in need of financial support too.

A funeral director often takes charge of a lot of the organisation, including registering the death and applying for the death certificate.

The executor is another key role, in that they oversee the dispersal of the estate within the terms of the will. This includes managing the grant of probate and other duties.

In time, accounts and memberships will need to be identified, then closed, cancelled or transferred

After a death - making sense of the language

Dealing with the loss of a loved one, especially in a more formal capacity, may expose you to unfamiliar legal terms.

Our plain English glossary can help explain their meaning.

Glossary of terms