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    Unhappy Bereavement Death help

    Hello,

    My uncle passed away recently leaving my aunt alone in the house. My aunt has still got good health at her age so she doesn't want to sell her property and still want to remain independent under her roof without moving into a care home.

    What it is my aunt is worried on paying the more expensive bills just by herself especially at this current time of the cost of living crisis and energy crisis.

    They are both pensioners with DLA or PIP benefits.

    When is the deadline to notify DWP of the deceased?

    Lastly can anyone guide on the correct procedure or steps on what to do after death to prevent further new liabilities being created onto my aunt?

    Finally is there any financial support for my aunt to look into? What it is she doesn't know how to use internet computers so I am helping by going online and doing it for her you know what I mean.

    Much appreciated,
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    If she hasn't already the I would start here regarding informing the DWP and other people who need to be told: https://www.gov.uk/after-a-death/org...d-tell-us-once

    To be honest the registrar should have done it with her already when she registered the death, or given her a reference number to use if she wanted to do it herself.
    You will need that number to use the 'Start Now' in the above link.

    If the registrar didn't do it with her, and she doesn't have a reference number so can't use 'tell us once' then see this: https://www.gov.uk/after-a-death/tax-benefits-vehicles
    You'll find the DWP's Bereavement Service telephone number there if you need or want to contact them.

    Then you should get some advice from a local welfare benefit organisation to check that she is getting all the help she could/should.
    It's best to find a local one who will know all the local schemes that may be available to her, as well as the national help she can get.
    Start by putting her postcode in here: https://advicelocal.uk/find-an-adviser

    AgeUK are always a good source of advice: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/
    They have some guides and advice on bereavement here (see particularly the 3rd one 'Bereavement Support Payment': https://www.ageuk.org.uk/search/?q=bereavment
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    She will be able to get 25% off the council tax as single occupancy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nukecad View Post
    If she hasn't already the I would start here regarding informing the DWP and other people who need to be told: https://www.gov.uk/after-a-death/org...d-tell-us-once

    To be honest the registrar should have done it with her already when she registered the death, or given her a reference number to use if she wanted to do it herself.
    You will need that number to use the 'Start Now' in the above link.

    If the registrar didn't do it with her, and she doesn't have a reference number so can't use 'tell us once' then see this: https://www.gov.uk/after-a-death/tax-benefits-vehicles
    You'll find the DWP's Bereavement Service telephone number there if you need or want to contact them.

    Then you should get some advice from a local welfare benefit organisation to check that she is getting all the help she could/should.
    It's best to find a local one who will know all the local schemes that may be available to her, as well as the national help she can get.
    Start by putting her postcode in here: https://advicelocal.uk/find-an-adviser

    AgeUK are always a good source of advice: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/
    They have some guides and advice on bereavement here (see particularly the 3rd one 'Bereavement Support Payment': https://www.ageuk.org.uk/search/?q=bereavment
    Okay how would she know that the registrar has already used the 'Tell Us Once Service' for her? What it is we want to make sure its registered because we don't want to get in trouble with the DWP who may say that they overpaid and be in debt with them you know what I mean. On that DWP note when is the deadline to notify DWP after death?

    That reference number you mentioned, is it on the Medical Cause of Death Certificate, Burial Cemetery Certificate or Death Certificate? Which out of these 3 certificates do I need to sort out everything?

    Thank you,

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    If you get the number for the DWP bereavement service off the second link that I gave and give it a ring they will be able to tell you if they have already been informed by tell us once.

    EDIT it's : 0800 151 2012

    If not then you can inform them while you are on the phone.

    I don't believe that there is any set time, but as you say the longer they don't know then the more cverpayments there may be.
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    Hi coming back here if you can please help, how do we get the death certificate? To get the death certificate you need a medical cause of death certificate and register it with the registry office 1st? Can I apply for the death certificate online and if so what do I need? Who has this medical cause of death certificate, the hospital or funeral directors? Apologies I am really confused. The funeral happened last month 29th May.

    I remember the funeral directors said they already filled out the 'pre-reg' form online.

    Lastly is she eligible for Bereavement Support Payment benefit at Pension age?

    According to this link is my auntie entitled to or inherit extra pansion?
    https://www.gov.uk/death-spouse-bene...nsion/pensions

    Finally is she entitled to Funeral Expenses Payment benefit?

    Thanks,

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    The Medical Cause of Death Certificate is issued by the doctor, it is needed to register the death and get a Death Certificate.

    See here for more on the 2 certificates and the difference between them:
    https://www.dignityfunerals.co.uk/wh...ause-of-death/

    There must have already been a death certificate issued if the funeral has been held, you can't have a funeral without one.

    The executor of the estate should have dealt with all that, and should have the original Death Certificate etc.

    If you need a copy of a Death Certificate then you can order one, there is a fee to pay: https://www.gov.uk/order-copy-birth-...ge-certificate

    This step-by-step guide clontains links to all the pages you should need for your other questions, just click on 'show' under each step.
    https://www.gov.uk/when-someone-dies

    Information about Bereavement Support Payment is under step 4, here's the link:
    https://www.gov.uk/bereavement-suppo...9-e2600e2a2b7a
    That says that you have to be under state pension age when the person died.

    You will need to contact the Pension Service to check about pension entitlement.
    The link that you gave has a further link with how to contact them.

    Funeral Expenses Payment is in step 2 of that step by step guide, you have to be getting certain benefits to qualify, here's the link to the eligibility:
    https://www.gov.uk/funeral-payments/eligibility
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    My dad passed this year we had to register the death online a wk later hadn't heard so i sent a contact form through the registery site and the next day they rang and booked an appointment the following week. When a person dies they are given a medical death certificate by the doctor who certified they had died you take this with you to the registry office. They gave us the web address and a reference for the tell us once site which i did for my mom and she eventually got letters from council tax dwp they were retired so she got part of his pension added to hers cos of hers being quite low. She got the 25% discount on council tax she wont know if get any more till all his pensions have been sorted and she knows her monthly income. If the property and any other money is under £325thou then you can do the probate form online if its more than that amount then you are better to use a solicitor. Once we get a ref from probate which can take upto a year then you can contact land registery to get his name taken off the deeds. Assume like my parents the property was in joint names and there was a will. You also have to contact the bank where there are any joint accounts and you will need to show them the death certificate. Also any dd on bills that are in both names or just his you have to get the name changed if joint bank account then the dd can still be taken out of there hope this helps. I did it all for my mom by getting info off line and then going to sites. Sorry for you loss

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    Quote Originally Posted by nukecad View Post
    The Medical Cause of Death Certificate is issued by the doctor, it is needed to register the death and get a Death Certificate.

    See here for more on the 2 certificates and the difference between them:
    https://www.dignityfunerals.co.uk/wh...ause-of-death/

    There must have already been a death certificate issued if the funeral has been held, you can't have a funeral without one.

    The executor of the estate should have dealt with all that, and should have the original Death Certificate etc.

    If you need a copy of a Death Certificate then you can order one, there is a fee to pay: https://www.gov.uk/order-copy-birth-...ge-certificate

    This step-by-step guide clontains links to all the pages you should need for your other questions, just click on 'show' under each step.
    https://www.gov.uk/when-someone-dies

    Information about Bereavement Support Payment is under step 4, here's the link:
    https://www.gov.uk/bereavement-suppo...9-e2600e2a2b7a
    That says that you have to be under state pension age when the person died.

    You will need to contact the Pension Service to check about pension entitlement.
    The link that you gave has a further link with how to contact them.

    Funeral Expenses Payment is in step 2 of that step by step guide, you have to be getting certain benefits to qualify, here's the link to the eligibility:
    https://www.gov.uk/funeral-payments/eligibility
    I appreciate your helpful replies. Is there another separate certificate called burial/cemetery certificate? If so is this need for the funeral or like you already mentioned a funeral cannot go ahead without a death certificate?

    I can order copies online however its asking for GRO index reference number. I don't have this where do I find this please? Is it cheaper to order several copies online or shall I go registry office for the copies of the death certificate?

    Finally is there any other financial help available that we missed out on in this thread?

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