Arranging the Funeral

Appoint a Funeral Director

Most funerals are arranged through a funeral director (formerly known as an undertaker). It is important to find a funeral director who belongs to one of the professional associations, such as the National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD) , as these associations have codes of practice and complaints procedures.

Moffat Funeral Service are long established and highly experienced funeral directors. We have our own private restroom, a quality hearse and limousines with experienced bearers for your service. We will call and advise you of what needs to be done to arrange the funeral to a standard and procedure that meets your needs. We will fully guide you through the decisions to be made.

Consult a Solicitor

In most circumstances, it is advisable for you to consult a solicitor both to relieve you of many worries and to take control of wills, problems of intestacy, outstanding debts, grants and letters of administration. A solicitor could save you a great deal of unnecessary trouble and may eventually save you money. If it is known that a will was made, it is important that the contents be ascertained as soon as possible after death as it may contain instructions regarding the funeral arrangements.


When a person dies someone has to deal with their estate (the money, property and possessions left) by collecting in all the money (‘in-gathering' the estate in Scotland), paying any debts and distributing the estate to those people entitled to it. The term probate (called ‘confirmation' in Scotland) means the issuing of a legal document to one or more people authorising them to do this.

The Sheriff Clerk in Scotland issues the document, which is called a confirmation of the estate' (grant of representation in England).

There are three types of grant;

  • Grant of probate - issued to one or more of the executors named in the deceased's will
  • Letters of administration (with will) - issued when there is a will, but there is no executor named, or when the executors are unable to apply or do not wish to be involved in dealing with the estate
  • Letters of administration - issued when the deceased had not made a will, or the will made is not valid

Organising the Funeral Location

Sometimes the deceased may have left detailed instructions for their funeral service and type of burial, otherwise there are a range of decisions you will need to make, from deciding on the type of funeral and location through to the choice of music and readings.

The funeral director will help you to locate suitable locations for the burial service and organising a burial location.