When an insurance company processes a death claim they will require proof of death. This is provided by means of an original (official) Death Certificate – i.e. an official copy, made by a registrar, of the official entry in the Register of Deaths Photocopied certificates are not accepted – as these may be easily forged – and no other documents should be allowed as proof of death e.g. a grant of representation.
Solicitors are not generally allowed to photocopy death certificates for endorsement and use as evidence of death.