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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Detroit bankrupcty woes: City goes paperless

Don't expect a death certificate from the city, And especially don't die on a Sunday 

by Clifford F. Thies 

The Detroit News is reporting that the vital records department of the city of Detroit has run out of the special paper on which it prints death certificates. For lack of cash, the city is unable to procure an additional supply, vendors being unwilling to sell to the bankrupt city on credit. Therefore, until further notice, no death certificates. 

Without death certificates, families of deceased persons are unable to access bank accounts, file insurance claims or enter into probate. 

Oh, and as for releasing bodies from the city morgue, it's now closed on Sundays and holidays.

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