The Cause of death certificate is then sent off to Registry of Birth’s Deaths and Marriages and based upon that report a death certificate will be issued to the next of kin or executor.
The process of obtaining a death certificate can take as little as 2 weeks or as long as 8 weeks depending on work volumes. It is important to remember this when attempting to administer an estate as it will likely mean that the executor or next of kin will not have any access to estate funds until the death certificate has been received.
The death certificate is one of the most crucial documents that you need to administer an estate. Banks will require the death certificate to be provided as a minimum, so will insurance companies, Superannuation funds, normal service facilities like electricity, rates etc. You will not be able to do much without this document.