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When death occurs in a house hold or public property
If the client dies within a house or public property then the following people may be the informant, in the following order:
1. A relative, present at death
2. A relative present in the final stages of illness
3. A relative, domiciled in the deceased’s district
4. Any given person present at death.
5. A person of authority in the building where the deceased died who knows of the circumstances of death.
6. Any given person domiciled in the building that knew the circumstances of death
7. The person taking responsibility for the arrangement of the funeral
When death occurs outside their home or a public building
If however, the deceased dies outside of his/her home or public building. People can register the death in the following order:
1. Relative of the deceased able to provide the registrar with the relevant details
2. Any person present at death
3. The person(s) who found the body
4. The person(s) in charge of the body. If the body is unidentified the police will hold the body
5. The person taking responsibility for the arrangement of the funeral
Information that needs to be provided
Within five days of the death the informant must take the relevant medical information to the Registrar of deaths or if you are unable you must send written notice along with the deceased’s medical card. The registrar will also want the following details:
1. Place and date of the death. A birth certificate may also be asked for
2. The complete name of the deceased including any previous maiden names
3. Birth date and location of the deceased
4. The deceased’s occupation
5. Occupation, Date of birth and name of the deceased’s spouse. Whether they are alive or dead
6. Deceased’s address
7. If the deceased received any State pension benefits or any allowance
Once the informant has followed the procedures of registering the death, they will receive a Death Certificate. There is a small charge for each Death Certificate but it is sensible to obtain multiple copies as they need to be sent to the deceased’s asset companies i.e. Banks and insurance companies and the probate registry.
Obtaining the copies early on might save you money as the price can rise for death certificates. This can vary depending on the Register office.