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Death Records

How To Find Death Records

Losing a loved one is never easy, and the paperwork that has to be done after someone dies can be frightening to someone who is already distraught.  The funeral home that handles your service can do some things for you, such as placing the obituary in the newspaper or helping you complete documentation involved in purchasing a gravesite.  But there is so much more that needs to be done.

Whenever an individual dies, a record of their death is made by the attending doctor or medical examiner.  That record of death is then filed with the estates division of the courts in the state and county in which the person lived and/or died.  The information contained on a death certificate is the name of the decedent, the date of death, the cause of death and the names of their parents.

Should the decedent have a will, you must provide a copy of the death certificate to the courts so that they can probate the will.  If the deceased has personal property such as a car or a house, a death certificate is needed in order to sell the property.  You must be able to provide any and all debtors a copy of the death records in order to have the debt discharged or handled through probate.  Without these death records the courts cannot probate the estate of a decedent, property cannot be sold and bills cannot be paid off or discharged.

You can easily do an online death records search, but it is doubtful that you will find the information you seek.  You may even get lucky and find bits and pieces of information, but nothing substantial enough to provide you the death records you need to handle an estate.

Some states have a website that allows you access to public death records as long as you create an account.  Other states require that you put in a request for information, pay the court fees for copying the death records and verifying them to be true copies.  Then the documents you need will be mailed to you, usually in about 4-6 weeks, depending on the state and the volume of their requests.

By using Spyspace, a dedicated website that is created specifically to complete public records searches, not only will you be assured that your search request will be confidential, but you will get instant results.  While there is usually a fee for using this website, it is worth the cost because it takes away some of the stress you already feel in your time of grief.


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