We generally recommend that you order about 10 certified death certificates. You can always order more if they are needed. The funeral director will order these on your behalf.  You are going to need them for a variety of purposes, such as for the probate court, taxing authorities, life insurance companies, banks and other purposes.  Yes, there is a small cost per certificate, but the convenience of having plenty of copies available is well worth it.

Jackie Bedard
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Attorney, Author, and Founder of Carolina Family Estate Planning