After a loved one dies, there is, of course, a funeral or cremation to plan. Shortly thereafter, the loved one's next of kin generally also needs to take care of a number of legal and estate details. Resolving many of those details will require a death certificate.
A death certificate is an official government document stating the time, place and cause of death. It's essentially proof that your loved one is no longer living. You’ll likely need it to access insurance policies, bank accounts, pension plans and more.
Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about death certificates, including how to get one and how long you can expect the process to take.