The following is a list of papers that will be necessary:
Copies of all insurance policies.
Marriage Certificate (if the deceased's spouse will be requesting benefits). You may obtain copies at the Office of the County Clerk where the marriage license was issued.
Certified copies of the death certificate (a minimum of 10). These can be bought from the funeral director or from the Health Department in your county.
Birth Certificates of dependent children. These may be obtained at either the County or State Public Health offices where the child was born.
Social Security numbers of the spouse, deceased and any dependent children.
Military discharge, if the deceased was a veteran. Write to The Department of Defense if you are unable to find copies.
A complete list of all property, including stocks, savings accounts, real estate, and personal property of the deceased.
Will, which will more than likely be with the lawyer of the deceased.
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