Settling of estates

Settling of Estates
Death Certificate
Certificate of Medical Examiner
Autopsy Report
External Examination Report
Toxicology Report
Forms


Settling of Estates

Institutions such as banks and insurance companies usually require an official proof of death before claims and other dispositions may be settled. In cases where the Medical Examiner’s Office has investigated a death, neither the family doctor nor the hospital may complete any documents. All documentation as to the cause and manner of death must be provided by the Medical Examiner's Office.

Death Certificate

This document is the official government certificate of death. Most firms accept this as proof of death. It provides the name of the deceased, date of death, place of death (city, town, village), marital status, sex and age. It does not give the cause or manner of death. A death certificate may be obtained from your local Registry Office. Information about the cost of copies of the death certificate and the address of your local Registry Office can be obtained by calling 780-427-7013. If you live outside of Edmonton you can use the government toll-free telephone line by calling 310-0000 and then the ten-digit Edmonton number.

Certificate of Medical Examiner

This document provides the medical cause of death, the manner of death, and a brief description of the circumstances.

Insurance companies banks or lawyers often require this information. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will not provide this document to any institution or person without written authorization from a next of kin.

There is a fee of fifteen dollars ($15.00) payable for copies of this certificate with the cheque or money order made payable to the Minister of Finance.

Autopsy Report

If an autopsy has been authorized by the Medical Examiner’s Office, a copy of the summary of the report or a copy of the detailed autopsy report (which includes the summary and the toxicology report) are available. The fee for the summary report is fifteen dollars ($15.00) and if the detailed report is required the fee is forty dollars ($40.00) with the cheque or money order made payable to the Minister of Finance.

Access to autopsy reports is granted to an adult next of kin, to anyone who has written authorization from a next of kin, or to anyone who the Chief Medical Examiner finds to be an interested party.

External Examination Report

If the Medical Examiner determines that an autopsy is not necessary then an external examination is performed. This report is available for a fee of $15.00 with the cheque or money order made payable to the Minister of Finance.

Access is granted to an adult next of kin, to anyone who has written authorization from a next of kin, or to anyone who the Chief Medical Examiner finds to be an interested party.

NOTE: There will be either an autopsy report or an external report not both.

Toxicology Report

In some death investigations the Medical Examiner will collect samples for toxicology analysis. The report of the results of this analysis is available for a fee of twenty dollars ($20.00) with the cheque or money order made payable to the Minister of Finance.

Access is granted to an adult next of kin, to anyone who has written authorization from a next of kin, or to anyone who the Chief Medical Examiner finds to be an interested party.

 Forms