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A Friendly Guide to Coping with Bereavement in Scotland

Losing someone close to you can be overwhelming. It's tough enough dealing with the heartache, never mind the legal and financial stuff that needs sorting. We're here to help you through this. Our Bereavement Team knows the ropes and is ready to support you. Let us handle the nitty-gritty while you focus on family and friends. We've put together this guide to walk you through what's ahead, offering clear, helpful advice during a challenging time. If you've got questions or need a hand, just give our team a buzz at 01698 747171 or 01236 751224.

Key Steps in the Bereavement Process

1. Immediate Steps (Certificate)

Getting a Death Certificate First off, you need a medical Certificate of Death to make it official. You’ll usually get this from a hospital, care home, or GP. Sometimes, if there are unanswered questions, there might be a delay while things get sorted. Once you’ve got the certificate, make sure to register the death ASAP – within 8 days in Scotland or 5 in England and Wales.

2. Notify close family and friends

Inform immediate family, close friends, and relatives about the death. This can be difficult; therefore, we would recommend that you ask a number of people to reach out to close friends and family

4. Immediate Steps (Registration)

Registering the Death‘Tell Us Once’ Service After you’ve got the certificate, register the death with your local Registrar. They’ll tell you about the ‘Tell Us Once’ service, which makes telling various government offices and councils about the death easier. You’ll need some personal details of the departed for this.

5. Funeral Arrangements

Sorting the Funeral Think about whether there’s a funeral plan in place or enough funds in the deceased’s accounts for funeral expenses. If money’s tight, some funeral directors offer payment plans. Remember, funeral costs can be covered by the estate.

6. Legal and Financial Matters (Probate, Assets)

Confirmation (Scotland) / Probate (England and Wales) Depending on the estate’s value, you might need to go through Confirmation or Probate. This legal stuff gives you the right to sort out the estate. We can guide you through this if you need.

7. Property and Belongings

Looking After Property and Personal Stuff  Secure the property, sort out insurance, and handle the mail. Keep a record of valuable items and think about getting them valued. Don’t forget to check the Will for any specific instructions about personal items. You will also have to insure the property. If you leave the existing policy in place with the deceased name of the deceased then you might have issues if you need to claim. Contact the insurer straight away.

8. Digital Legacy

Digital Legacy Social media and digital accounts need attention too. You can choose to close these accounts or turn them into memorial pages.

9.Emotional Support Resources

Planning for Your Future It’s wise to think about your own will, power of attorney, and asset protection. We’re here to help with that too.

Additional Things to Remember

  • Debts and Liabilities Cancel or transfer contracts like house insurance, TV and internet services, and mobile phone contracts. Gather all legal documents and get advice on them.
  • Personal Records Collect important documents like birth and marriage certificates. These are important for legal and financial matters.
  • Final Expenses Keep track of all expenses related to the funeral and estate administration. These might affect the estate’s finances.
  • Emotional Support Don’t forget to take care of yourself emotionally. Lean on friends, family, or support groups to help you through the grieving process.

Remember, our Bereavement Team at Jones Whyte is just a call away at 01698 747171 or 01236 751224 if you need any help or have questions. We're here to make this difficult time a wee bit easier for you.

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