The first step after a death is to register it.1 Upon registering the death, the registrar shall give to the person giving the information concerning the death, a death certificate. A death must be registered before a grant of probate can be obtained, although this is most often a step which occurs before the probate practitioner becomes involved. In the normal case, there is a medical certificate stating the cause of death.2 Where necessary, a coroner’s certificate is supplied instead.3 The coroner within whose district the body lies (or the deputy coroner) holds an inquest4 when the deceased has:

(a)died a violent or unnatural death;

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