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From: "Lee J. Moore" <>
Subject: Re: Death Registrant..
Date: Thu, 20 May 2004 14:12:02 +0100
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One may as well begin with Stephen's letter to soc.genealogy.britain:
> LJM> As for *who* can register a death, it doesn't have to be a
> LJM> relative, but someone who was simply present at the death, an
> LJM> official from the hospital (or nursing home) if that's where the
> LJM> death occurred, or the person making arrangements with the
> LJM> funeral directors.
> Did you have to prove your identity at any point?
Not at all.
> There have been a number of scams where people have taken out an
> insurance policy on someone, registered their death, and claimed on
> the policy without the person concerned knowing about it until they go
> to vote or something, and find that they are officially dead.
It's probably worth pointing out that because my uncle died in hospital,
his specialist provided various documentation in a sealed envelope (with
specific instructions not to open) which I had to take to the Register
Office. Until that documentation was released, I was told registration
would be impossible.
I'm not sure of (can't remember) the procedure when somebody dies at
home, but I was under the impression the G.P. still had to officially
confirm the death and provide the relevant documentation for the
Register Office. How easy that is to forge, I'm not sure.
Lee J. Moore
Let us hob and nob with Death - Tennyson