Most people don’t like to talk or plan for their own death, but failing to do so can be expensive for your family, particularly for expats.
There are so many misconceptions when it comes expats. For example, many UK expatriates do not realise that they still remain subject to the UK, when it comes to domicile status and Inheritance Tax (IGT), until Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) agree otherwise, even if they haven’t lived in the UK for many years.
The first step for the next of kin of an expat, who has died in the country they now call home, is to register the death with the appropriate authority. They then need to register the death in the UK. To do this, they’ll need to obtain the death certificate – a certified translation of the certificate will be required if it’s not in English.
A death certificate needs to include:
- The deceased person’s full name at the time of death
- Any other names previously used, e.g. their maiden name
- Their date and place of birth
- Their last address
- Their occupation
- The full name, date of birth and occupation of a surviving or late spouse or civil partner
- State Pension or any other benefits.
How to arrange a funeral for a death that occurred abroad
If you are intending on having the funeral in the UK, the body must be returned to the UK – this is called repatriation.
Once the body is ‘home’, you will need to take the death certificate to the registery office, and you will be given a ‘certificate of no liability to register’. Give this to the funeral director and the funeral can go ahead.
We understand how difficult this can be and is often too much for one person to handle. We advise you have a look at local funeral directors who can help with arranging the funeral to take some of the pressure off you and your family.
When will a coroner be involved?
A coroner will usually hold an inquest if the reason of death is unknown, sudden, violent or unnatural. If the deceased wishes to be cremated, you will need a certificate from the coroner.