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,…

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…

A beginner’s guide to buying a gravestone

We asked Yvonne Wilson of the National Association of Memorial Masons for her recommendations on how to get this most heartfelt of purchases right.

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I don’t know who gave me mine in those first couple of days as a dazed new widow. I stuffed it in my bag with all the other paperwork. A year or so later when I wanted to use that bag again, I found it. It answered all the official and admin questions I’d lain…

Buying a burial plot in a hurry

It might feel daunting but remember that you’re about to start dealing with a handful of people who only deal with people like you. Ask for help. Ask for things to be repeated or written down. Ask if you can get back to them later.   The decisions you won’t regret are the ones where…

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…

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…