Reasons for a UK death certificate
There are many reasons you may want or need a Certificate of Death in the United Kingdom. Here is a list of the Top Reasons for a UK death certificate
Legal reasons you need a death certificate in the UK.
You will need to provide a certificate of death to make funeral arrangements in the United Kingdom. Funeral directors, cemeteries and crematories lawfully require this document. But what about after the funeral? Yes, you must keep the death certificate safe as you will need it for other legal reasons.
These include but are not limited to:
- Claiming life insurance
- To settle the estate.
- Applying for pension or other government benefits
- Changing or closing a joint bank account or financial account
In the future, you may look towards remarrying. In this instance, you will need the Certificate of death to prove you are a widow or widower.
Death Certificate and Ancestry research
Similar to a marriage certificate, a death certificate can come in very handy when looking into the family ancestry. Sometimes, the death certificate will help fill in the blanks about, where, when and how. Anyone can order a copy of a death certificate in the UK as long as you have the basic details required for the application.
Help! I’ve lost the death certificate
If you have lost or misplaced the death certificate and require a copy you can order one quickly and without stress. Our simple application form asks questions that you will generally know the answers to as a relative. Click on this direct link to apply for a replacement certificate of death