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Louisiana Death Records

There are many reasons why death records like Louisiana Death Records are maintained by the government and requested for by the general public. These records, after all, are the best evidence that one could present in order to establish that the person so named in the record had died. One may ask why there is a need to prove the death of the person, and the answer to that would lie in the fact that death is something that every person must someday go through, and the death of a person is something that would affect not only his family, but also the community which he or she was a part of, in particular, the people with whom he had entered into contracts, written or otherwise, with.

Louisiana Death Notices, like all other death notices, would serve to inform the other party to the contract of the death of the person so named in the notice, and by so doing, put the said party on notice that he or she could no longer expect the contract with the decedent to continue. Some may then be authorized to resort to the specific remedies provided for by law in order to make good any claims that they may have against the decedent or his estate.

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Copies of Louisiana Death Certificates may be obtained either from the State Department of Health and Hospitals, or from the State Archives. The strictly confidential death records are kept at the department of health for fifty years before being transferred to the state archives, thus, a death record for an event that occurred fifty years ago would be found at the State Archives and not at the Department of Health anymore.

For Cause of Death Records to be obtained at the Department of Health, the person who desires the record should first make sure that he or she is eligible to request for the records in question. As death records are strictly confidential records, only those persons who are enumerated by the law may request for the same. if the person who is going to make the request are amongst those who are included in the list, then the next step would be to obtain the request form and accomplish the same before sending it to the office for processing. Note that when it is sent, it must be accompanied by a copy of any government issued identification card, with picture and signature of the person making the request as well as an explanation of the eligibility of the person making the request. It must also be accompanied by a money order or check to answer for the required fee of seven dollars, plus an additional fifty cents for every additional copy of the record that would be requested for at the same time.

Over the course of the past few years, it has become more efficient to search for records online through the use of online databases. Substantially the same records as the ones kept by the government are available from these online databases, but these databases could provide these records for a fraction of the cost of official searches.

A request for death records must follow the procedure given below

  • Determine first if you are amongst those who are eligible to request for the records in question.
  • Download the required application form and accomplish the same.
  • Determine your required fee and make a money order or personal check to answer for the same.
  • Attach the money order or personal check as the case may be to the application form.
  • Make a copy of any government issued identification card with picture and signature plus an explanation of your eligibility.
  • Attach the copy to the application form.
  • Send the accomplished application form together with all the requirements to the Department of Health for processing.
  • Wait for the department to finish processing your request.

Louisiana Death Certificates

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