How are death certificates used?

There are several reasons why you may need to obtain a death certificate. Most often, it’s to serve as proof for legal purposes. These reasons may include:

•    Accessing pension benefits,

•    Claiming life insurance,

•    Settling estates,

•    Getting married (if a widow or widower needs to prove that their previous partner has passed), or

•    Arranging for a funeral.

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1. What do I need to get a death certificate?
2. Who can obtain a death certificate?
3. Who is an informant?
4. What is direct and tangible interest / examples of tangible interest?
5. What types of death certificates are available?
6. Can I order the death certificate online?
7. How are death certificates used?