Death Certificates

A death certificate a legal document issued by a qualified medical practitioner certifying the death of a person and stating the cause if known. They can be obtained though the funeral home within 72 hours once the information has been obtained.  Death certificates are kept on file at the State Vital Records office.

The following list include things that require original certified copies of death certificates in order to receive benefits.

  • Life Insurance Companies
  • Last Will & Testament
  • Social Security Administration
  • Bank Accounts
  • Burial Trusts
  • Vehicle Titles Transfers
  • Real Estate
  • Stocks & Bonds
  • Income Tax Returns
  • Safe deposit box
  • Veterans benefits
  • Union benefits

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