Death Certificates 

During your first conversation with one of our directors, you will be asked, "how many death certificates would you like to order?"  If this is the first time you are making final arrangements - you might find this a little strange and be wondering, why am I being asked that now?  However, you will see, that the death certificate is by far the most important document you will need in the coming weeks; the death certificate is important for:

Legal Reasons: The death certificate is a permanent legal record of the fact of death. State agencies always stipulate that a death certificate is to be filed. It provides important information about:  the decedent, the cause of death, and final disposition.  

This information is used in the application for insurance benefits, settlement of pension claims, and transfer of title of real and personal property.  The certificate is prima facie evidence of the fact of death and, therefore, can be introduced in court as evidence when a question about the death arises.

Personal Reasons: The death certificate in many cases provides family members with closure, peace-of-mind, and documentation of the cause of death. It also provides peace-of-mind by facilitating efficient processing of needed benefits as those described above.

Vital Statistics Reasons: The death certificate is the source for state and national mortality statistics.  It is needed for a variety of medical and health-related research efforts. It is used to determine which medical conditions receive research and development funding, to set public health goals and policies, and to measure health status at local, state, national, and international levels. This data is valuable as a research tool and by influencing research funding.

Before the business and legal issues of the estate can be pursued, it will be necessary to obtain certified copies of the death certificate.

It is always better to order a few more than what you think you will need. Most agencies will only accept certified death certificates and not photocopies.

In addition to how many you will need - it is critical that the information you provide us is accurate.  Ordering additional copies often takes a few days - however, correcting an already completed certificate can take up to weeks or possibly months to correct.

If you have questions about obtaining copies of a Death Certificate, please call us. We’re here to assist you.