Making a Will is not about wealth it is about making sure that what you want to happen to your estate does happen. It gives you the opportunity to specify such things as who will administer your estate, who will care for your children and who will receive specific items of your property.
Following your death there are various formalities to be dealt with. The following is just a brief overview as the main emphasis of this website is the preparation of a will.
On your death you will be certified dead by a qualified medical practitioner. He will give the medical certificate of death to your relatives. The next step is registration of the death, the person doing this being known as 'the informant'. There is an order of priority for this purpose.
The nearest relatives have the first responsibility, with the person, if any, who was present at the death being first on the list. After that, the classes of informant include the person arranging the funeral and the proprietor of the premises in which the death occurred. It is common for solicitors to arrange funerals for deceased clients who have nobody else to do it for them.
He or she will, therefore, register the death.
The Registrar of Deaths will hand the informant two pieces of paper. There is a white form for sending to the social security office for claiming outstanding state pension, etc.
The other one is the green form required by the undertaker before the body can be disposed of. With cremation, two doctors are required to certify the fact of death before the funeral can take place.
Where the death has to be notified to the coroner, the procedure is different. This happens with a sudden, unexpected death or where foul play is suspected.
A post mortem will be carried out and an inquest may be arranged. If there is to be an inquest, the coroner may issue an interim certificate of death to enable the funeral to take place and the probate process to commence. Only after the inquest, is the full certificate issued by the Registrar.
The coroner's officer will keep the family informed as to the progress of the case and when the body may be released for burial or cremation.
An inquest will not always follow the involvement of the coroner. A post mortem may establish a natural cause of death so that the death certificate will be issued bearing the words 'after post mortem without inquest'.