Mis-spelled name on death certificate

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To cut a long and unpleasant story short: a relative mis-spelled my father's first name when registering his death and is resisting having it corrected (see https://www.gov.uk/correcting-a-death-registration/who-can-apply). How practical is it for me to have the correction made without his involvement?

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  • msb1234msb1234 Forumite
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    How on how on earth did that happen? When we registered my mums death the paperwork was sent via the hospital to the registrar, and the death was registered over the phone. They already had all her details.
  • MarconMarcon Forumite
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    To cut a long and unpleasant story short: a relative mis-spelled my father's first name when registering his death and is resisting having it corrected (see https://www.gov.uk/correcting-a-death-registration/who-can-apply). How practical is it for me to have the correction made without his involvement?
    Why are they resisting - because they don't want to pay the fee? If so, perhaps if you offer to pay it would get over that hurdle.

    Otherwise you can apply: https://www.gov.uk/correcting-a-death-registration/how-to-apply (anyone can), but you'll need to explain that the person who registered the death is refusing to co-operate with the application.
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    edited 21 May at 7:08PM
    depends what problems it causes, my father mispelled his mother in laws name on her  death cert - don't think it caused any problems, then 30+ years later managed to do the same with my name in his and my mother's will - again was considered to be "clerical error" and no problems occurred. .... thinking about it, it  was a variant of the same name  ;)
  • aroominyorkaroominyork Forumite
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    Marcon said:
    To cut a long and unpleasant story short: a relative mis-spelled my father's first name when registering his death and is resisting having it corrected (see https://www.gov.uk/correcting-a-death-registration/who-can-apply). How practical is it for me to have the correction made without his involvement?
    Why are they resisting - because they don't want to pay the fee? If so, perhaps if you offer to pay it would get over that hurdle.

    Otherwise you can apply: https://www.gov.uk/correcting-a-death-registration/how-to-apply (anyone can), but you'll need to explain that the person who registered the death is refusing to co-operate with the application.
    I'd rather not answer the first question: dirty laundry in public...
    The second half is helpful - thank you.
    depends what problems it causes, my father mispelled his mother in laws name on her  death cert - don't think it caused any problems, then 30+ years later managed to do the same with my name in his and my mother's will - again was considered to be "clerical error" and no problems occurred. .... thinking about it, it  was a variant of the same name  ;)
    There is a reason it might be important but that's another long story. But these errors can follow you round: when my wife's father registered her birth he got/the clerks copied one letter wrong, so it is on her passport and when I book flights I have to use her wrong name.
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