Many people will know that when registering a death you can obtain copies of a death certificate for just £4.00 each. After the initial registration, it would cost you £7.00 to obtain each official copy.
As of tomorrow (Saturday 16th February 2019), the cost of obtaining a death certificate will jump considerably to £11 – 275% higher than the current price.
Often a number of certificates are required to speed up the process of obtaining Probate as one copy can be sent to every institution at the same time. Examples of institutions likely to require a copy of the death certificate are banks, pension providers, utility companies and insurers.
The new cost of obtaining a death certificate is likely to mean that the process of obtaining Probate takes much longer as personal representatives are likely to obtain less copies, meaning that they must wait for the return of the documents from one institution before they can send it to another.
Here at Brethertons we recommend that you obtain 3 or 4 copies of the death certificate as we are able to provide death verification forms or certify the original document as required. This service is offered free of charge to our Probate customers.