How Many Death Certificates?

Why Do We Need Death Certificates?

  1. Life Insurance Company - one for each company, regardless the number of policies
  2. Banks - one for each bank, whether accounts are in joint tenancy
  3. Stocks - individual or jointly owned, one for each company
  4. Bonds - one for US Savings Bonds - they can be reissued to new owners
    Corporate bonds - you’ll need one for each company.
  5. Real Estate - one for each county where the property is owned
  6. Secretary of State - one for each if the individual is named on a title for an automobile, boat, mobile home, etc.
  7. Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) - one for each financial institution where funds are maintained
  8. Certificates of Deposit (CDs) - one for each financial institution where funds are maintained
  9. Pension - one for each pension fund
  10. Health Insurance - one if deceased’s employer provided insurance
  11. Current Pay / Vacation Pay - one if the deceased is currently employed
  12. 401K / 403b / Retirement Plans - one for each depository
  13. Federal / State / Local Income Taxes - one for each level
  14. Probate - if estate of the deceased is being probated, you will need at least 5
  15. Social Security Administration - might need a certified copy upon their request
  16. Credit Cards - one for each company (with a balance)

The amount of time it can take to receive the death certificates can range from weeks to months, usually depending on the time it takes the physician to sign the cause of death.

*The initial processing fee for the first copy is $20.00 and then $3.00 or each additional copy.

On average, most families order 10-12 certified copies.


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