Do You Need A Death Record?
While it sounds morbid, there are times when you
will need to get the death record of someone. In most states, if
someone dies and a physician is not present, a coroner must sign
the death record, even if no foul play is suspected. If a physician
is there, the death record is signed by the doctor. Death records
are usually filed with a state or county health department.
Why would someone need a copy of a death record?
To probate the deceased person’s
will. You would think that no one would lie about a
loved one’s death, but it happens. In the aftermath of
911, many people claimed their loved ones died to collect survivor’s
benefits. The actual death certificate is needed for the probate
To collect life insurance benefits.
Again, this prevents fraud. Some of the biggest insurance scams
come from people who fake their deaths so that their families
can collect life insurance. Insurance companies require a sealed
copy of the death record before benefits can be paid.
To stop Social Security payments.
Another fraud is when survivors continue to collect a loved
one’s Social Security benefits even if the person had
died. In most cases, these people were taking care of their
loved ones before they died and using the money for themselves.
When agents find a death record, they arrest the survivors for
fraud and immediately stop the benefits.
So that surviving children can collect Social
Security benefits. When a child’s parent dies, the child
collects support benefits from the government. Before these
benefits can begin, the Social Security office will need a copy
of the death record.
So a family can collect benefits because
the loved one was in the military. The military has a special
set of benefits that can be collected if a member of the military
is killed in the line of duty.
If you need a death record, how do you find it?
Not everyone has an attorney or a close family friend that can guide
them through difficult times. How can you make sure that the death
record is filed? You can spend a lot of time searching from agency
to agency, or you can use an online search company to help you find
death records. These companies are very beneficial if you loved
one died tragically in another county or state and the death record
is filed there. Online record search companies keep records from
courthouses and agencies all over the country.
One of the benefits of using an online record search company is
the price. For less than $10, you can search public records. If
you need to research multiple death records, you often can spend
less than $100. This is much more economical than spending your
time calling or driving from courthouse to courthouse, often in
different towns. An online record search company will have death
records in one convenient location that you can access from the
comfort of your own home.