Cobb County Government

How can affairs of the estate be settled without a death certificate?

The Medical Examiner’s Office may provide a Proof of Death letter for any individual under our jurisdiction. This is a notarized letter on Medical Examiner's Office letterhead verifying the death and that the investigation regarding cause and manner of death are under review. Some organizations will allow this notarized letter to substitute for the death certificate. However the letter may not be accepted by others, such as insurance companies. There is no charge for the letters.