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Affidavit of Death

When to use Affidavit of Death

Just as a birth certificate helps to legally prove that an individual has entered the world, a death certificate provides legal proof that someone has passed away. However, death certificates are not always readily accessible, complete or accurate. As a result, it may be necessary for a loved one to provide a sworn statement about the passing of another for a variety of legal reasons. When a death certificate is not accessible or accurate, an affidavit of death may be used for certain legal purposes.

It is important to note that an affidavit of death is a statement made under oath and must be subsequently notarized. As a result, it is important to be truthful when filling out this documentation and submitting it to interested parties. Inaccurate or incomplete information (about the time, date and/or location of your loved one’s passing, for example) could result in negative legal consequences.


Depending on your unique circumstances, you may need to produce an affidavit of death for insurance purposes, closing accounts, estate-related challenges, accessing important information, debt-related reasons, receiving benefits and other administrative and/or legal requirements. If an individual, organization or agency requires proof that your loved one has passed away and you cannot secure an accurate death certificate, an affidavit of death may be able to help you provide that necessary verification.
Should you have any questions about filling out this form and/or submitting it for legal, administrative or personal reasons, please consider speaking with an attorney. As an affidavit is a legal document, an attorney can advise you accordingly.

Alternative Names

Sworn Declaration of Death
Verification of Death
Notification of Death
Legal Notice of Death