Death certificate is a government-issued document that declares the date and time, location, and cause of death, as well as other personal information about the person who died.
Why you need death certificate?
A death certificate may not be the document you want to think about, but it does have an important purpose. There are several reasons why you may need a death certificate, typically to serve as proof for legal purposes. Fortunately, it can be fairly easy for an immediate family member to get a copy of this particular document, especially for the reasons listed below. We would be happy to assist you with retrieval and legalization.
Claiming Life Insurance – If you are the named beneficiary of a life insurance policy, you will need to produce a government issued copy of the death certificate in order to claim those benefits.
Pensions – If your spouse passes away, you may be entitled to his/her benefits from the pension. However, you will have to provide various items to the company that issues it as proof of the death and of your relationship to the deceased person.
Settling Estates – When a loved one dies, settling their estate can be a very long and difficult process. You may need multiple copies of the death certificate in order to claim investments, access bank accounts and real estate holdings. The more complicated the estate, the more copies of the death certificate you may need.
Medicaid Benefits – In some cases, a spouse or child of an individual who has passed away will be able to claim Medicaid benefits that the deceased was eligible to receive. However, the US Government is very particular about who they will pass these benefits on to—and with good reason. A death certificate and proof of your relationship to the deceased person may be necessary to claim these helpful benefits.
Future Marriages – Some states may require that a widow or widower who wants to remarry prove that his or her former partner has passed away. A death certificate is necessary in this matter and it can help resolve any doubt that the potential bride or groom is unable to remarry. As you can see, a death certificate comes in handy more often than you may first think.
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