Registering A Death

 

Who can register

  1. Close relative of deceased
  2. Relative in attendance during last illness
  3. A relative living in the district where death occurred
  4. A person present at death
  5. The person causing the disposal
  6. Funeral home

Documents required

  1. Medical Certificate of Death
  2. Medical Card if available
  3. Passport and/or
  4. Alien book/I.D card/Residency form
  5. Signed Registration form

Information required to Registrar

  1. Date and place of death
  2. Cause of death
  3. Full name of deceased
  4. Date and place of birth
  5. Occupation and home address
  6. If married, full name and occupation of spouse.
  7. Religion

 

Certificates

Usually we arrange the official death certificates for the family. Which are in Greek and English and are more than adequate for the UK, no need to re-register a death in the UK.

How to obtain probate

 

What is probate?

When someone dies somebody has to deal with their estate (the money, property and possessions left) by collecting all the money, paying any debts and distributing the estate to those entitled.

 

The Probate Registry issues the document which is called a GRANT OF REPRESENTATION.

 

There are three types of grant. (May be different in Cyprus please check)

  1. Probate issued to one or more of the executors named in the will.
  2. Letters of Administration (with will) issued when there is a will, but no exector named or unable to deal with the estate.
  3. Letters of administration issued when the deceased has not made a will or it is not valid.

 

Why is this grant necessary?

Organisations holding money in the deceased’s name need to know to whom the money is to be paid.  The distribution of the estate is the responsibility of the person named on the deed.

 

Is this grant always needed?

A grant is sometimes not needed if the deceased’s money will be released without the holder seeing a grant, when the amount held is small and there are no complications.

Consult a Solicitor

 

In most circumstances, it is advisable for you to consult a solicitor both to relieve you of many worries and to take control of wills, problems of intestacy, outstanding debts, grants and letters of administration.  A solicitor could save you a great deal of unnecessary trouble and eventually save you money.  If it is known that a will was made it is important that the contents be ascertained as soon as possible after death as it may contain instructions regarding the funeral arrangements.  A will may be among personal papers, with the court or solicitor for safe keeping.  If a solicitor has been consulted by the deceased in the recent past it is important that you contact them without delay.

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