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Cobb County Probate Attorney Answers, “How Do I Obtain a Georgia Death Certificate?”

Posted by Steve Worrall | Jul 22, 2021

If you have lost a loved one and are now attempting to close out their estate, our Marietta probate attorneys are sorry for your loss and we understand how frustrating the process can be.

The steps to take after the loss a loved one can be overwhelming but requesting a death certificate is a great place to get started. You will need a death certificate to complete many of the administrative tasks that you will face in the weeks to come, so it only makes sense to order a copy of this as soon as possible.

While the exact process to order a death certificate can vary from county to county, there are basic guidelines that you can follow to make the request for a death certificate as quick and easy as possible.

Let's take a look at these guidelines:

- We typically recommend ordering 8-10 copies of your loved one's death certificate. As mentioned above, you will need them for many tasks over the next few weeks, so it's best to have them on hand. The easiest way is to order them through the funeral home as there is generally a lag time when you order straight from the county recorder's office.

- Make sure to have the following information readily available when filling out the request:

  • Full name of the deceased
  • The date of death
  • The place of death
  • The deceased's date of birth
  • The purpose of your request
  • Your driver's license number
  • Provide a self-addressed stamped envelope along with your request
  • Typing or printing the information is helpful

If you are still not sure how to properly obtain a death certificate for your loved one or you need to know whether or not you should obtain one based on your responsibilities, contact our Cobb County probate attorneys at Georgia Estate Plan: Worrall Law LLC by calling 770-425-6060. Not only will we provide you with information on how to obtain a death certificate in Cobb County, but we can also help you navigate the complicated world of probate after a loved one's death.  

About the Author

Steve Worrall

As a sandwich generation kid himself (caring for both children and aging parents), Marietta Georgia Estate Planning Elder Law & Probate Attorney Steve (Stephen M.) Worrall KNOWS the struggles you are facing as you raise children, balance the demands of your job, and take care of your aging parent...