A document issued by a medical practitioner certifying the deceased state of a person or to a document issued by a person such as a registrar of vital statistics that declares the date, location and cause of a person’s death as later entered in an official register.
A government’s official recognition that a person has died. Normally this is done by issuing a death certificate. In most cases, such a certificate is only issued either by a doctor’s declaration of death or upon the identification of a dead person.
Most legal determinations of death in the developed world are made by medical professionals who pronounce death when specific criteria are met.
The legal process whereby a will is “proved” in a court and accepted as the true last testament of a deceased person, and that it is a valid public document.