Losing a loved-one is never easy. There will be an intense and difficult period for the person's surviving relatives. Unfortunately, in the event of a death, you also need to take care of a number of administrative matters. The undertaker can take over some of the formalities, but you will have to take care of other matters yourself with your municipality.
You must declare a death as quickly as possible to your municipality. This must be done within 24 hours after a doctor has recorded the time and cause of death.
Two adults must make a so-called declaration of death at the Civil Registry of the municipality in which the person has died. These persons do not have to be family members, so the undertaker can do this for you. You need to bring the following documents for the declaration:
- The death certificate issued by the doctor or hospital
- The identity card of the deceased
- The identity card of the declarant
- The marriage book of the deceased
- The driving licence of the deceased
- Where appropriate, the last will and testament of the deceased
Do not forget to also inform the following organisations and institutions:
- Insurance company
- Health insurance fund
- Pension service
- Tax office
- The homeowner
- The water company
- Gas and electricity supplier
- The last will and testament, organ donation and donation of the body to science, the organisation of the funeral, etc. On the website of Belgian notaries, you can find all information about what to do following a death.
- Your municipal administration can also explain exactly what you have to do if a relative dies. To this end, please contact the civil registry of your municipality.
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