→Registering the death
==Registering the death==
When a person dies in British Columbia, the death must be registered with the [
http:// www.vs.gov.bc.ca/ BC Vital Statistics Agency]. Registration creates a legal record of the death. It also results in the issuing of a death certificate, which survivors will need to apply for benefits and to settle the legal and business affairs of the deceased.
The funeral home typically handles the death registration, which consists of these steps:
| text = The funeral home will ask you how many “original” death certificates you will require. There is a cost for each original certificate: to [
http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/life-events/death -and-bereavement/death-certificates order one directly from BC Vital Statistics] costs $27. For most estates, two original death certificates should be sufficient.
After registering the death, the funeral home is provided with the requested number of original death certificates and a disposition permit.
http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/life-events/death -and-bereavement/death-certificates death certificate]''' is a certified extract of the information provided on the death registration. The person looking after the '''estate''' of the deceased will need to produce the death certificate whenever they are required to provide proof of death - for example, to cancel a driver’s licence or to settle insurance policies. Some institutions will require the “original” death certificate or a notarized copy, while others will accept a regular copy. You may wish to order two originals, then have additional “certified true copies” prepared by a notary public or a lawyer if needed.
The '''disposition permit''' is a permit to dispose of human remains or cremated human remains. It is illegal in BC to bury or cremate a body unless you have a disposition permit.