My father in law recently past away and I have had nothing but problems trying to work out his estate and probate. I have already pitted the Medical Examiner and now I need to add the Health Statistics Department as well.
When I originally obtained a copy of the death certificate, I found out my FIL’s crazy girlfriend (that we found out happens to be legally married to another man) put herself down as my father-in-laws spouse.
I contacted the Alabama Health Department Center for Health Statistics and explained the situation that the woman that claimed to be the deceased’s wife, indeed was not. I asked for it to be corrected. I provided the forms I downloaded from their web site for record corrections and mailed it in.
I received the entire package back in a week with a request for money for the corrected copy and immediately sent it back with a check.
Two weeks later, I received a letter asking us to “prove” my FIL was not married. I wrote back that I have no idea how one “proves” someone isn’t married and requested they contact the girlfriend at the address I provided and ask her to provide a marriage certificate. Of course, she would be unable to do that. I CCd this to the director and the governor of Alabama along with the absurd request for proof. Problem solved.
I received another letter this past weekend explaining that they gather this information from the funeral home and medical examiner (the same funeral home that cremated my FIL body without permission from his next of kin since this nutty gf claimed to be his wife) and we need to get a court order to have them change the record.
So essentially because the bureaucracy is too lazy to request one document from my FIL’s girlfriend, I should pay for an attorney and tie up the courts. In addition, the probate is on hold because we need two certified copies of the death certificate. I am tempted to turn this entire story over to the Alabama media.