Probate Solicitors Limited - What to do if someone dies

What the next of kin should do

Collect personal information
You will need to collect personal information about the deceased as you are likely to be asked for this sooner or later. 

You will need the following information:

  • National Insurance number
  • Date and place of birth
  • Date of marriage/civil partnership (if relevant)
  • NHS number
  • Tax reference

First things first
As soon as possible and within the first 5 days you should do the following:

  • Notify the deceased’s GP
  • Register the death
  • Find their will if they left one
  • Arrange the funeral (taking into account any instructions in the will)
  • Notify any benefits offices if the person was claiming benefits
  • Notify the deceased's employer or pension provider

Arranging probate:

  • If there is a will contact the executor
  • If there is no a will decide who will administer the estate

To decide how to go about this see our page Obtaining Probate

Other people and organisations to contact

Social/Personal contacts:

  • Relatives
  • Friends
  • Any clubs they were a member of
  • Church
  • Employer
  • Solicitor
  • Accountant
  • Dentist
  • Local Newspaper if you would like to put an announcement in

Local Authority and Government contacts:

  • School/college
  • Tax office
  • Local authority if they paid council tax/received social services help
  • Benefits offices eg: tax credit, child benefit
  • Passport service
  • DVLA

Financial contacts:

  • Banks / building societies
  • Insurance companies
  • Any companies which the deceased had hire purchase, loan or rental agreements with
  • Pension providers
  • Mortgage provider
  • Credit card companies
  • Any debtors who owed money to the deceased
  • Any creditors to whom the deceased owed money

Household and Utility contacts:

  • Gas and electric companies
  • Landlord if property is rented
  • Royal mail to re-direct post
  • TV subscription companies eg: SKY
  • Broadband provider
  • Any agency providing home help

If you would like to talk to us about administering an estate please contact us on 01564 758055


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