Death Certificates where to get one?
When a death occurs a copy of the Certificate are obtained from the Office of Registration of Deaths & Births, Adelaide Street Cork, or the local Registration Office. If death occurs at home or hospital the next of kin obtains a Certificate as to the cause of death from the doctor attending the deceased and takes the Certificate to his/her local Health Centre. Where a Post Mortem takes place it is the Coroner who registers the death and a copy of the Certificate again may be obtained at the Office of Registration of Deaths & Births, Adelaide Street, Cork. 021-4275126
Bank Accounts & Probate
For accounts in a sole name with a sufficient credit balance Reasonable funeral expenses may be paid without a Grant of Probate (or Letters of Administration), upon production of an invoice from the Funeral Director.
This does not extend to payment for associated hospitality or other significant discretionary expenditures.
The Irish league of Credit unions has introduced a new benefit for members, paid towards funeral expenses, at participating branches.
It is possible for anyone to make arrangements for a funeral in advance of a death and set-aside monies to pay for the funeral. Fitz-Gerald’s will go through the different options available such as cremation and burial. You will be able to inform Fitz-Gerald’s about what type of service that you would like. After you have made your decisions on the arrangements, you will be given an estimate of funeral expenses, excluding disbursements at today’s prices. You will then be advised to lodge that amount in an interest-bearing Deposit Account in your chosen Bank, Building Society, Credit Union or Post Office. A copy of your instructions will be provided to you in advance.