Death is a natural occurrence that we are all subjected to and its documentation is equally important as our births. There are circumstances that sometimes, survivors and relatives face after the death of a love one. Whether sharing property and wealth, the authenticity of the document certifying the death is put under scrutiny. It is therefore, of utmost importance that the certificate of death is well authentic, and people authorized by law must fill it up honestly and with all semblance of truth. Doubts must not cloud its integrity and its validity should not be invoked to exhume the memories of the dead.
Things you will need to contest a Death Certificate
A Certified Copy of the Certificate of Death
Prepare a letter, requesting for a certified copy of the death certificate and send it to the Vital Records Division of the government of the place where the certificate of death is kept. Fill it properly or indicate all vital data of the deceased that is the name, gender, name of parents (indicating the deceased mother’s maiden name) and the place of death. The name of the requesting party and his/her relationship to the deceased must be indicated.
Consult a lawyer to go over the certified death certificate for initial investigation of the document. If the lawyer you consulted finds a questionable entry on the certificate of death, you should discuss the issue and hire the lawyer to pursue the case and question the legal implication of the document.
If you are capable of interpreting the document yourself, carefully examine the death certificate. First, the funeral director should fill up the form with the name, address of death, date of death, racial back ground, sex, social security number, educational history, date of birth, age at last birthday, birthplace, current address, occupation history, service in the US armed forces, site, and marital status, surviving spouse and children names, parents name and the informant’s address and name. The next party to accomplish it is the physician. should fill in the immediate cause(s) of death, other important conditions leading to the death; cause of death; time, date, place and the time of death, the date the death was pronounced, whether the medical examiner was informed and their signatures.
Write a letter showing your findings and address it to all concerned parties. It could save you a lot rather than directly hiring a lawyer to prepare the letter. If that does not work, then hire a lawyer to pursue the case of contesting the death certificate for you.
Tips and warnings for contesting a Death Certificate
If you are not capable to interpret the certificate of death, hire a lawyer.