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In his or her lifetime, a person would enter into numerous contracts, and these contracts would be enforceable against a person because they would have the force of law between the two parties concerned. There are very few things that could terminate a contract, and one of those is the death of one of the parties to the contract, though it must be noted that just because one of the parties to the contract could no longer make good his or her obligations under the contract does not mean that the contract is actually terminated. By presenting copies of death records like Washington Death Records, the surviving party to the contract could still make good his or her claims against the deceased.

Copies of death notices like Washington Death Notices are often the first requirement that one must present to the proper forum in order for the surviving party to the contract to be able to ventilate his or her claims against the deceased person. Of course, since the deceased is already deceased and is already removed from the physical realm, it would not be the deceased himself who would actually make good his obligation, but the estate of the deceased. For this reason, the claims should also be ventilated in the proper estate settlement proceeding, though often, it is proper to raise the cause in the estate settlement proceeding rather than to start another action.

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Before one could request for copies of Washington Death Certificates, one should first remember that death certificates are not public records, and that they are not available to anyone who would request for them easily. In fact, the law has an exclusive list of people, who could make the request, usually those who are close relatives of the deceased. Nevertheless, death records enjoy the presumption of regularity such that the person who would claim that the records are false would bear the burden of proving his or her allegation.

A Death Certificate Search may be requested for using a number of ways including making the request in person and through mail. Both methods have their associated set of advantages and disadvantages, though it is suggested that a person who is interested and actually qualified to ask for the records should chose the option of asking for the records in person because requests made through this method are often made available the same day that they are requested for. Of course, using this method, the person would have to travel to the Department of Health to make the request. On the other hand, requests made through mail do not require the person to travel o the department, but the processing time is faster. Either way, the required fee would be the same at twenty dollars per record.

Another source of death records would be online databases. Using these databases, any person could make the search for a death record faster and more efficiently, but because these databases are mostly privately owned, the records that would be located using this method could not be used for official proceedings.

A request for death records may be affected through personal request by following the procedure given below

  • Head over to the Vital Records Division
  • Obtain the necessary request form and accomplish the same.
  • Submit the request form to the clerk on duty. The clerk would then check your eligibility to make the request.
  • If satisfied that you may request the records, the clerk would then produce the record.
  • Peruse the records to make sure that these are the records that you want before requesting that copies be made.
  • Pay the required fee at the cashier.
  • Return to the clerk to claim your copy of the records using the official receipt given to you by the cashier.

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