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What are Certified Copies of Death Certificates Needed For?

The list is merely a suggestion of some possibilities. Since everyone has differing estate issues, the following is merely a suggestion of some possibilities. It may be
beneficial to check before ordering your death certificates.

Life Insurance
One for each insurance company regardless of number of policies.

One for each bank, particularly if the accounts are in the deceased’s name only and possibly if the account is in joint tenancy

Individual or jointly owned, again, one for each Company. If held by a Broker, one for each Broker.

One for Savings Bonds. Bonds can be reissued to new owner(s). If Corporate Bonds, one for each company

Real Estate
One for each County in which property is owned.

Secretary of State
If the decedent is named on a title for an automobile, boat, mobile home, etc.

One for each financial institution where funds are maintained.

One for each financial institution where funds are maintained.

One for each pension fund

Health Insurance
May be needed if insurance is provided by the decedent’s employer.

Current or Vacation Pay
If the decedent was still actively employed

401K / 403B / Retirement Plans
One for each depository

Federal / State / Local Income Tax
One for each of them.

If the estate of the decedent is to be probated, you may need as many as 5. If you have an Attorney, ask them how many they’ll need.

Social Security Administration
They will need a certified copy, but will make a copy and return your Certified Copy back to you after they make a photocopy

Veteran’s Benefits

Canceling Services
In order to cancel some services, some agencies, such as telephone/cell phone companies, utilities, credit card companies may only require photocopies of your certified copies, but check with them to be certain. Make yourself several photocopies when you receive your certified copies so you’ll have them if needed.

There are probably others not mentioned here. If you know of additions that would make this list more complete, please contact us so that we may share the information with others.

Ordering Certificates

If you need to order additional certificates at a future date, please call us at 815-727-8639 for current pricing and instructions.

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