While somewhat of a morbid topic, it happens frequently that incorrect addresses make their way onto death certificates, which makes the probating of an estate much more difficult than it has to be.
This happens most times when a person dies either in a hospital or care facility and the funeral home documents the "address" as that of the hospital or care facility. For instance, a person may have a home in Somerset County (let's say Hillsborough Township) but is at a rehab facility in Warren County after being in the hospital for a week, and dies while at the rehab facility. In that case, the person's "address" is her home in Hillsborough, not the address of the rehab facility.
County Surrogate's go by the address that is noted on the Death Certificate, so if the wrong address is on the Death Certificate, you will have problems probating the will in the proper county. You can have the Death Certificate amended to reflect the proper address, but that can be a hassle, especially if the issue does not arise until months or years after the death.
The solution is simple: If you are handling funeral arrangements for a family member or friend who just died, make sure the funeral director uses the person's home address and not the address of a temporary care facility or hospital. This will save you and the estate a lot of grief and aggravation and make the probate process that much smoother.
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