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Monterey County Death Records

One of the most requested for records in the office of the assessor-recorder would be copies of death records like Monterey County Death Records. One may ask why there is a need to ask for the death records, and the answer to that would lie in the fact that these are the official records of the government and as they are the official records, they are the best evidence that could be presented in order to prove the death of the person named in the record. Proving the death of the person is sometimes necessary because of the far-reaching legal effects of the death of a person.

It must be remembered that death is something that terminates the legal personality of a person, and without legal personality, a person could not enter into any legally binding documents or even possess anything in his or her name. This is one of the reasons why upon the death of the person, there is a need to open the estate settlement proceeding in the name of that person to settle whatever properties he or she may have left behind. In such a proceeding, it is necessary to prove the death first because courts could not take judicial notice of the death of a person. The best way to prove the death is through the presentation of Monterey County Death Certificates.

Monterey County Death Certificates

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The law identifies two types of Monterey County Death Notices, and these would be the authorized and the informational copies. In terms of the contents of the records, they would contain the same information, it is just that informational copies could not be used to establish the identity of the person presenting the records, while authorized copies could only be requested by those who are allowed by law to do so, a list of which would be included in the request form for the records.

Requesting for copies of the death records at the local level may be done either in person or through mail. Both methods have their own associated sets of advantages and disadvantages, foremost of which would be the requirement for the person who desires the record to travel, and the speed with which the search could be done. In general, requests done in person are more efficient because they would be completed within the same day that they are requested for, but it would also require the person who desires the record to travel. At the opposite end would be requests done through mail, which would not require the person who desires the record to travel, but would take some time because the department could only act upon the request once they had received the same. Either way, the required fee is twenty one dollars.

Copies of Records of Death are also available online through the use of online databases. Though most of these databases are privately owned, they could present substantially the same information as the official sources, and they are also faster and more efficient than those sources in addition to being cheaper because most would charge only the most minimum of fees for the use of their services. Of course, they are not official sources.

A request for copies of death certificates may be done in person following the procedure given below

  • Head over to the office of the assessor-recorder and inform the clerk on duty of your request.
  • The clerk would hand you a request form which you must then accomplish.
  • Once you are finished with the request form, submit the same to the clerk. Note that if you are requesting for an authorized copy, you would have to completely fill up the form before having it sworn by the clerk.
  • The clerk would accept your request form and search for the records that you are interested in.
  • Once the records had been located, the clerk would show you the same and ask that you make sure that these are the records that you want.
  • Once you are sure, you may request that copies of the same be made for you.
  • The clerk would then ask you to pay the required fee at the cashier before you can claim the copies.

Monterey County Death Notices

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