Plan a Funeral and Vital Statistics

Important Documents You Will Need to Have

After someone dies, families and loved ones naturally begin to plan a funeral, memorial services, and make funeral arrangements, the surviving family members will need to gather all of the deceased’s important papers.  This is necessary to notify the required people/organizations, such as Vital Statistics, immediately after the death and as part of the longer term probate process. These documents will give the family members and/or probate attorney who will be assisting with settling the decedent’s final affairs such as a Last Will, Living Trust, and other pertinent information.

The National Vital Statistics System is the oldest and most successful example of inter-governmental data sharing in Public Health and the shared relationships, standards, and procedures form the mechanism by which NCHS collects and disseminates the Nation’s official vital statistics. These data are provided through contracts between NCHS and vital registration systems operated in the various jurisdictions legally responsible for the registration of vital events – births, deaths, marriages, divorces, and fetal deaths.

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