All About Death Certificates
Most of us hate thinking about death. Some people manage to go through a huge portion of their lives before they are ever confronted with the spectre of death, but that doesn’t make it any easier to deal with when it happens.
Every time someone passes away, they are issued a death certificate. Although this morbid little piece of paper can bring up uncomfortable feelings, it is an incredibly necessary item that must be properly filed, and only those who have had to search for a missing death certificate know the frustration losing one can cause.
What is in a Death Certificate?
While a death certificate can vary depending on the county and state in which it was issued, in general, they will all contain essentially the same information. They are issued by the county clerk’s office and list the name of the person who passed away, the official time of death, the date, the sex of the person who passed away, their age and the cause of death.
Some counties also list the occupation of the person, as well as their marriage status and when the death certificate was certified. All of this information is necessary for the state and county and can be vitally important to the collection of life insurance policies, as well.
Why Are Death Certificates Important?
There are a number of situations in which a death certificate can be an essential document. If the person in question had a life insurance policy, you will need an official copy of the death certificate to collect.
You may also need copies of your certificate to complete the deceased’s taxes and to settle any debts they may have, such as with credit card companies. Even after a person’s estate has been settled, it is important that you hang on to any death records for the foreseeable future.
The other major use for a death records is to accurately trace your heritage and your family tree. Death records can tell you who a long lost relative was married to, when they died, how they died and any other information you may want to know. The overwhelming majority of death records requests made today in the United States are done for that exact reason.