Proof of Death
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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