Legal Issues

Legal Issues

The cause of death has to be established as soon as possible so that the necessary paperwork can be processed and the death registered. Once you have the death certificate you MUST register the death.

You need to phone and make an appointment with the Registrar in one of the local offices of the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

NB: By law this MUST take place prior to a burial or cremation. This meeting can take up to an hour and you will need to provide personal information of the deceased so the death can then be registered. When calling to make an appointment with the Registrar ask what paperwork is required so you can be prepared with all the relevant documents.

Elgin Registry Office:          01343 554600

Nairn Registry Office:         01667 458559

Inverness Registry Office:     01463 239792

Aberdeen Registry Office:     01224 522616

Registering a death and obtaining a Certificate of Registration of Death (Form 14) are necessary for national records and for the closing of bank accounts etc. It is helpful to get several copies of this document which cost a few pounds per copy.


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