Estate How-Tos

For small, simple estates, don’t assume you have to pay professionals to do everything for you. There is a lot of information now online.   The best basic, all-rounders are still the official What to do after a death, guides. As systems are different from place to place, you’ll find Northern Ireland’s one on NIDirect, Scotland’s one on the Scottish Government’s website and the one … Continue reading Estate How-Tos

What is involved in a memorial service?

Q: My in-laws keep talking about a memorial service. I’m not sure what one is and who is supposed to organise it.   A: As with funerals, we assume there are strict rules for these occasions but there are not. Some religions and cultures have traditions but there’s not much in law saying what you can or can’t do, beyond existing laws.   A memorial … Continue reading What is involved in a memorial service?

Private vs municipal burial grounds

What is the difference between private and municipal burial grounds?

Municipal burial grounds are run by local councils. Private burial grounds are run by an individual, a small company or a charity.   Both will have their own set of rules with which you will have to comply so ask for a copy (or two) to read before you sign anything.   Well-run private burial grounds are often seen as more accommodating to families who … Continue reading What is the difference between private and municipal burial grounds?

Changes to death registration in Scotland

We did an article about this in issue 6. The changes come into force today.   There’s a good story about the changes here on the BBC website (HT to @JohnBirrell600): http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-32709834   And here’s our article:   From Wednesday 13th May, all deaths in Scotland will have to be registered before a burial or cremation can take place.   This change is the latest … Continue reading Changes to death registration in Scotland