Walking through fieldWhen a person dies, funeral arrangements must be made and someone appointed to deal with the estate. Whilst anyone close to the person who has died can help with many of the tasks, certain matters, like dealing with their assets and estate, can only be done by their personal representative. If someone has been named to do this in a will, they are known as an executor. If no will was made or no one was named, then an administrator will need to carry out these tasks.

Handling the arrangements for someone who has died – whether expected or not – takes a lot of time and energy. It is a very important responsibility to carry out their plans, wishes, directions and desires. If you have to make those decisions without guidance, it can be a very demanding process.

This checklist explains what needs to be done following a death. This is a trying time for all who are involved and we hope it helps you in your important work.

Download the ‘When Someone  Has Died Checklist’ and get started today…
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Extra support

You may find this page helpful if the death was sudden or unexpected. This page will give you more information to support you through the practical procedures following a sudden death.

If you need extra emotional support while making arrangements, the Samaritans may be able to help and are available 24 hours a day, www.samaritans.org.

Please note that this checklist contains suggestions and is not all inclusive. For more information about finances, law and estates or for medical advice, please consult a professional who will be able to help further.

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