Proof of Death

Published: | Updated: May 18, 2018

Definition - What does Proof of Death mean?

Proof of death is a document validating that someone has died. It is issued by a funeral director or the organization in charge of interment.

Insuranceopedia explains Proof of Death

Beneficiaries procure a proof of death document because it is required for settling estate issues, such as collecting the death benefit from a life insurance policy. Insurance companies require its submission in order to avoid paying for fraudulent claims. Insurers may also request a death certificate issued by a hospital.

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