Amending a Death Certificate

If a death certificate is not accurate, it may be necessary to amend the death certificate before the probate process begins.  If a death certificate needs to be amended, it will delay the time it takes to complete the probate process.  At the time of death, the Decedent’s relatives will report information regarding the Deceased to the funeral home.  The funeral home will then use that information to obtain death certificates.  However, sometimes information is inaccurately reported or omitted on the death certificate.

In order to amend a death certificate, an application to the Bureau of Vital Statistics will be required.  Different procedures are required to amend a death certificate depending on what information has been inaccurately reported or omitted.  For example, sometimes for minor errors, an affidavit is the only documentary evidence required.  Other times, you may need to provide documentary evidence or you may need to get a court order directing the Bureau of Vital Statistics to amend the death certificate.   If a court order is required to amend the death certificate, a civil case is required before the probate can be filed.

When in doubt, an informant (those giving the Decedent’s information to the funeral home) should never guess as to information reported on the death certificate.  Information that is inaccurately reported may seem insignificant but end up costing the loved ones financially, and delay the probate in order to get the issue resolved.  If you have any questions regarding the need to amend a death certificate, do not hesitate to contact the Law Office of Silverman, Mack & Associates to speak to one of our knowledgeable attorneys about your case. You can reach us toll-free at 800-871-8454.