Vital Information Form
The Vital Information Form contains all of the information that is needed in order to file a Death Certificate with the State and County. It is very important that this information is complete and accurate. If you do not have this information readily available to you, there are documents you can locate that may help.
You can find information for this document on forms such as:
- Birth Certificates
This document contains the names of the parents as well as the place of birth
- Social Security Card
This document contains the correct spelling of the name and the Social Security Number.
- Tax Documents from the IRS
This document contains the correct spelling of the name, Social Security Number, Current Address, and Occupation.
This document contains the correct spelling of the Name, Social Security Numbers, Current Address, Occupation, and Education Level.
Please note that this is not a complete list and if you need further assistance locating this information, please contact us by phone at 720-242-6784 or by email at email@example.com.
Planning Worksheet for Death Certificates
Burial Assistance Document
The State of Colorado’s burial assistance program may help with paying for the service of your loved one. The Burial Assistance Program is funded through the Old Age pension Burial Reimbursement appropriation. The State of Colorado receives applications for the Burial Assistance program on a county by county basis. Each county has a different submission process. Our Funeral Directors work directly with you to complete this process and ensure that your documents are submitted accurately and timely.
The State of Colorado has strict requirements regarding the eligibility for the burial assistance program. Eligibility is reviewed directly by the county after the application has been submitted for processing. Our Funeral Directors will be able to assist you with the application and submission process.
How much does Burial Assistance Cover?
The State of Colorado provides up to $1,500 in burial benefits. However, it is important to understand that the total bill for all arrangements cannot exceed $2,500 in order to qualify for the Burial Assistance Program. Burial Assistance benefits received are based on the decedent’s resources at time of death and the total cost of all funeral, cremation, and/or burial services.
Additional Eligibility Criteria Information
If services have been paid for in full already, no benefit will be paid. This program does not allow for reimbursements.
The amount of burial assistance paid is based on resources and assets the decedent had at the time of death. If the decedent was married, spousal resources will be taken into consideration when determining the benefit. If the decedent was a child under the age of 18, both parents’ resources will be taken into consideration when determining the benefit.
Common Steps to Take After Someone Passes
Getting Letters of “Administration/Representation/Testamentary”
These come from probate court and give you the authority to settle the business of the person who died. If there is a will, the executor of the will must get a letter of testamentary. If you are the spouse, partner, or next of kin of someone that died without a will, you can get a letter of administration or representation from the probate court that will allow you to settle their affairs
Securing the Home if the Person Lived Alone – It is important to ensure that all windows and doors are locked in the home if the person lived alone.
Finding Financial Documents:
- The Will
- Records of Accounts – These can be the most recent statements from banks or credit unions, retirement accounts, and investments; look for beneficiary designations
- Records of Debts – These can be the most recent credit card, mortgage, auto loan, student loan, or any other kind of debt statements.
- Copies of all Insurance Policies – Life, health, disability, homeowners, auto, and any others.
- Identification Documents
- Marriage and Birth Certificates
- Tax Returns – From the last two years
Notifying Important Institutions:
- The Social Security Administration – There may be a death benefit that beneficiaries are entitled to. In addition, the person’s Social Security Number will be placed on the master death list preventing identity thieves from using it.
- Financial Institutions where the individual had accounts
- Insurance Companies
- Credit Bureaus
- Credit Card Companies
- Creditors – Any business or organization to which the person owed money
- Utility Companies
- The Post Office – They don’t need notice of death, but you will need to reroute the mail to the executor or administrator of the estate.
- Department of Motor Vehicles – You will want to cancel the person’s driver’s license or
- ID, License Plates, and Disabled Placards; You will also need to update the vehicle registration and ownership
Opting Out of Prescreened Offers and Direct Marketing
This may prevent unwanted offers or mail from ending up in the wrong hands.
- To opt out of prescreened offers permanently, visit www.optoutprescreen.com
- To prevent unwanted calls, contact the National Do Not Call at www.donotcall.gov, or call 1-888-382-1222.
- Common Steps to Take After Someone Passes
- To prevent unwanted offers via the mail, contact the Direct Marketing Association’s (DMA) Mail Preference Service (MPS). This lets you opt out of receiving unsolicited commercial mail from many national companies for five years. When you register with this service, your name will be put on a “delete” file and made available to direct-mail marketers and organizations. This will reduce most of your unsolicited mail. However, your registration will not stop mailings from organizations that do not use the DMA’s Mail Preference Service. To register with DMA’s Mail Preference Service, visit www.dmachoice.org