Legal Question in Wills and Trusts in New York

why would a non relative need a death certificate. Is it for some monetary benefit that deceased did not or did not want known

Asked on 8/29/13, 6:12 pm

2 Answers from Attorneys

Juliet Gavriel The Law offices of Juliet Gavriel, Esq

A non-relative would need a death certificate for probate matters and also non-probate matters. If the non-relative would stand to inherit under a will or as a beneficiary in an account at a financial institution, then a death certificate is required to prove that the person is deceased to inherit assets/money.

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Answered on 9/03/13, 6:10 am

Walter LeVine Walter D. LeVine, Esq.

There are many legitimate reasons, and many false ones also, the latter leading to possible identity theft. Usually the issuing authority restricts the issuance to family members uness a good cause reason exists. Juliet poses some of the valid reasons a non-relative might need one.

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Answered on 9/11/13, 8:55 am

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