What is a death certificate?

A death certificate records the particulars of the deceased's death such as time and cause.

What is a Will?

A Will is a legal declaration where a person names one or more persons to manage his or her estate and provides for the giving away of any property at death.

What is probate?

Probate is applied for by the executor of the Will. Probate is a court order recognising a Will as an authentic document and gives the executor legal authority to deal with the deceased's estate and distribute according to the instructions of the Will.

What do I need to do to legally bury a body?

  • Obtain a medical certificate of cause of death from the attending doctor, or corner’s authorisation;
  • Submit an application for burial to the local authority; and
  • Submit a form to register death (can be done within three days of burial).

What documents do I need to legally cremate a body?

  • A medical certificate of cause of death from the attending doctor, or corner’s authorisation;
  • Application for cremation;
  • A certificate of a medical practitioner; and
  • Permission to cremate (from medical referee of local crematorium).

What is an IR3?

You will have to file a final income tax return (IR3) for the deceased person, including their income up to the date of death.

What is an IR6?

If the estate is earning income after the deceased has died (for example dividends or rental income) you will need to complete an estate or trust income tax return.

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