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Death and Bereavement

Dealing with Death and Bereavement

There are many things to deal with, and legalities to sort out, when someone dies. Check out the most important issues with extra help and advice on death and bereavement.

BEREAVEMENT: One of the sad facts of life is having to contend with the death of a loved one.

People react to grief, sadness, and the loss of someone special in a variety of different ways.

After all, in most cases death and bereavement is not something that we can 'accurately' predict in advance.

Even so, there are legal issues to take care of when dealing with the death of a family member or a friend. Whether they are unwelcome or untimely, it is something that everyone will experience.

This section provides the practical steps you should take and the advice you need after a death. It will help guide you through the issues and tasks associated with the bereavement process.

The information will help you understand the different legal process of death and bereavement. It also covers the sensitive topics of getting financial support as well as death and wills.

Legalities of Death and Bereavement

Bereavement Support in the United KingdomBereavement Support

BENEFITS AND TAXES: As a rule, the death of a spouse or civil partner affects your benefits, tax, and pension. Check what you can claim and who to inform about a change in circumstances.

BEREAVEMENT PAYMENTS: The Bereavement Support Payment is a new death benefit. It gets paid out to the most needy of bereaved citizens.

FUNERAL PAYMENTS: The DWP Funeral Expenses Payment helps people on a low income. Check if you can get it to cover the cost of arranging a funeral.

GUARDIAN'S ALLOWANCE: Eligibility provides money for taking care of a child whose parents are no longer living. Check current special Guardianship Allowance rates and how to claim.

WIDOW'S PENSION: Those who qualify for the Bereavement Allowance will get a weekly benefit. It is for people widowed from the age of 45 up to the State Pension age in the United Kingdom.

WPA: The Widowed Parent's Allowance helps widowed parents under State Pension age. Find out how much you can get if you meet the widows parent allowance eligibility criteria.

How to Register a Death in the United KingdomRegistering a Death

AFTER A DEATH: Having a basic checklist of what to do after someone dies is helpful. Find out how to register a death, deal with a coroner, and arrange a funeral.


REGISTER A STILLBIRTH: An informative section on registering a stillborn baby. Find out where and how to register a stillbirth and get financial support afterwards.

UPDATE PROPERTY RECORDS: There are several different ways of updating property records when someone dies. Check how to update property records or transfer a registered property after a death.

Wills, Probate, and Inheritance in the United KingdomWills and Probate

FIND A WILL: A will becomes a public document after the issuance of a grant of probate. That means you can search online to find a will or probate document in England and Wales.

MAKING A WILL: You can make a will at home or through a solicitor. But, you must make sure the will is valid and change it when circumstances change.

PROBATE UK: Dealing with the will, probate and inheritance of a deceased person can be complex. The section will help you sort through the affairs of wills and probate.

Dealing with Death and Bereavement in the United Kingdom