Death and inheritance
When the death certificate is issued on paper, the death must be notified to the district court. The funeral directors will normally help you to do this.
When the death certificate is issued electronically, the notification will go directly to the National Population Register and the Norwegian Cause of Death Registry. The district court no longer needs a printout of the certificate, but can have the death confirmed by consulting the National Population Register.
Everyone has the right to a free grave. Burials should be carried out within 10 working days following a death. Contact the parish council in the municipality for information about funerals, cremations and burials.
Had the deceaded made a will?
A will may have provisions on the conduct of a funeral in addition to the distribution of inheritance.
If the will is kept by one of the country's courts, the district court will be aware of the will when the death is registered.
Division of inheritance
There are several ways in which to divide a deceased person’s estate, however the rules for dividing an estate are more or less the same whichever way a division is carried out.
A private division is the most common type of division of a deceased’s estate, i.e. the inheritors themselves agree upon who is to inherit what. It is therefore important to determine the actual beneficiaries of the deceased’s estate, and to establish whether a valid will exists.
If the inheritors are to carry out a private division, a district court will issue a certificate of probate. This certificate will give the inheritors complete control over the deceased’s estate.
If the inheritors do not wish to take on the responsibility of dividing a deceased person’s estate, they can ask a district court to carry out a public division of the estate. The district court will then appoint a trustee to administer the estate on the court’s behalf.
Undivided possession of an estate
If the deceased had children with the surviving spouse or cohabitant, the surviving spouse or cohabitant has the right to not divide the estate with their children. This is known as undivided possession of an estate. Their children will then wait for their inheritance until the surviving mother or father dies.
Inheritance tax has been abolished
Inheritance tax has been abolished with effect from 2014. This means that you do not need to submit an inheritance or gift notification for any inheritance or gift you received during or after 2014.
District courts in Norway supervise the division of estates. Contact for advice on this topic.
You can also find information about death reports and inheritance on the Courts of Norway’s web site, domstol.no. You can find information about benefits for survivors on Nav.no.