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Brazos County Probate Attorneys Answer, “How Do I Obtain a Death Certificate?”

Posted by Chris Peterson | Jul 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

If you have lost a loved one and are now attempting to close out their estate, our Brazos County probate attorneys are sorry for your loss and we understand how frustrating the process can be.

The steps to take after the loss a loved one can be overwhelming, but requesting a death certificate is a great place to get started. You will need a death certificate to complete many of the administrative tasks that you will face in the weeks to come, so it only makes sense to order a copy of this as soon as possible.

While the exact process to order a death certificate can vary from county to county, there are basic guidelines that you can follow to make the request for a death certificate as quick and easy as possible.

Let's take a look at these guidelines:

- We typically recommend ordering 10-15 copies of your loved one's death certificate. As mentioned above, you will need them for many tasks over the next few weeks, so it's best to have them on hand. The easiest way is to order them through the funeral home as there is generally a lag time when you order straight from the county recorder's office.

- Make sure to have the following information readily available when filling out the request:

  • Full name of the deceased
  • The date of death
  • The place of death
  • The deceased's date of birth
  • The purpose of your request
  • Your driver's license number
  • Provide a self-addressed stamped envelope along with your request
  • Typing or printing the information is helpful

If you are still not sure how to properly obtain a death certificate for your loved one or you need to know whether or not you should obtain one based on your responsibilities, contact our Brazos County probate attorneys at Peterson Law Group by calling (979) 703-7014. Not only will we provide you with information on how to obtain a death certificate in Brazos County, but we can also help you navigate the complicated world of probate after a loved one's death.  

About the Author

Chris Peterson

Chris Peterson is the owner of Peterson Law Group. He practices primarily in the areas of wills, trusts and estate planning; probate and trust administration; elder law; and business law. Chris is also the owner of Brazos 1031 Exchange Company.


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