Author Topic: Query about NSW death certificates for people who died less than 30 years ago.  (Read 538 times)

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Re: Query about NSW death certificates for people who died less than 30 years ago.
« Reply #9 on: Saturday 30 June 18 09:33 BST (UK) »
I am in South Australia.  I had problems getting a copy of my mother's Death Certificate (I did have a photocopy of it that I had obtained via the Registrar - long story) I am an only child and my father remarried.  I ended up taking in my birth and marriage certificate and was granted permission to get my mum's death certificate.

I then had to get my Nanna and Aunt's death certificates.  My grandparents raised me (as my mum died when I was 6 weeks old).  For reasons unknown I was not named as the person who had identified Registrar of Death (I was not next of kin as my grandfather had been alive, plus her two daughters).  Although Nanna was my legal guardian there was no paperwork I could find.  They ended up taking the fact that all of the expenses for her funeral and burial were addressed to me as well as a Coroners letter.

My Aunt had no children and although her younger sister was still alive I had been responsible for her but unfortunately due to her mental illness did not have Power of Attorney.  Again, because I had letters from the Nursing Home, Funeral Director etc I was able to obtain a copy of her death certificate.

Although I physically have the Deed for my Mother's burial plot I have no rights for it.  My father (who doesn't speak to me is her next of kin) When he dies unless he leaves the Deed to me  in his will (which he won't and quite frankly I don't think it would be something he would even think about after almost 60 years) it will revert to either my stepmother OR my half brother if my step mother pre deceases my father!  So despite the fact that I am my mothers only child under current SA law I have no rights.  Thankfully, a few years ago the Cemetery were quite happy to take large amounts of money from me to have  the lease on the grave extended.

Good luck!  Just get as much documentation to prove who you are and your relationships as you can and good luck.  If you can go in there in person it will be all the better.

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Re: Query about NSW death certificates for people who died less than 30 years ago.
« Reply #10 on: Saturday 30 June 18 10:14 BST (UK) »
I think backing up your application with as much proof of your relationship as possible with the appropriate certificates is an excellent idea.  :)

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Re: Query about NSW death certificates for people who died less than 30 years ago.
« Reply #11 on: Sunday 01 July 18 09:19 BST (UK) »
Did your father make a will? I'm not up to date on NSW laws but in Qld it is relatively easy to access wills of recently deceased people if the will went to probate. The Qld probate records contain a copy of the death certificate & NSW ones probably do as well (If a copy rather than a certified copy is sufficient for your needs)

Otherwise as the daughter of the deceased I would think you are entitled to a copy of his death certificate and you should simply apply.

Having reread your original statement - do you want a certificate or are you simply arguing about the words/procedure of the BDM registry? Every state is similar. You have to jump a few hoops to get copies of recent certificates.

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Re: Query about NSW death certificates for people who died less than 30 years ago.
« Reply #12 on: Thursday 05 July 18 10:27 BST (UK) »
Hi All,

I have recently come across an alarming situation in Queensland where a defacto wife of 26 years was not able to access a death certificate because the eldest son of the husband's first marriage was declared next of kin and the DC went to him.   I was under the mistaken impression that a defacto wife had ALL the rights of a legal wife but that apparently is not the case.

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Re: Query about NSW death certificates for people who died less than 30 years ago.
« Reply #13 on: Thursday 05 July 18 10:58 BST (UK) »
WoW...

Here's the online link for Qld bdm certs that are not yet on open access...

https://www.qld.gov.au/law/births-deaths-marriages-and-divorces/birth-death-and-marriage-certificates/death-certificates/fill-in-a-death-certificate-application-form#    If you scroll down through that online form to the heading 'View the access policy to check" there's even an option which reads:

Another relationship

The registrar can make decisions on any unusual cases that may not be detailed in the policy above
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I expect that de facto relationship should/would usually be covered by the following option :

Relationship to the person whose death certificate you are applying for

Iím their spouse (husband, wife, civil partner)

You need to provide your proof of ID documents.


Perhaps some understanding person could contact the funeral director directly and in a gentle way ask for them to provide copy to be sent to his wife of 26 years standing for her benefit.  I am sure funeral directors have handled requests like that on many an occasion.

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