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When a death claim has been made on a life policy, which document is acceptable form of proof?

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.

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