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Death and wills

When someone dies there are many decisions and arrangements to make. These can be difficult in a time of grief.

Find out what you need to do after someone has died, including who to inform and how to arrange the funeral. You can also find help with what to do about the person’s financial affairs and their will.

Arranging a funeral

How funerals are arranged, what services you can expect to get from a funeral director and how to get help with paying.

Complaining about a funeral

What you can do if you're not happy with the service you've received from a funeral director.


Information about making a will, executors, and how to change, challenge or destroy a will.

What to do after a death

Practical advice at a time of bereavement and where to get support and advice - links to Scottish Government resources.

What to do if someone dies abroad

Who to contact if someone dies abroad, registering the death and making funeral arrangements including covering the costs, and whether you can claim on travel insurance.

After death - dealing with an estate

Find out how to deal with the estate of a person who has died.