Consular Report of Death of a U.S. Citizen Abroad

Viacheslav S. Kutuzov
U.S. Apostille Agent and New York Notary Public

Phone: +1 646 8374669 (также Telegram, Viber, WhatsApp)

55 Broadway, 3rd floor, New York, New York 10006

When a U.S. citizen dies abroad and the death is reported to the U.S. embassy or consulate, Consular Officers:

  • Confirm the death, identity, and U.S. citizenship of the deceased.

  • Attempt to locate and notify the next-of-kin.

  • Coordinate with the legal representative regarding the disposition of the remains and the personal effects of the deceased

  • Provide guidance on forwarding funds to cover costs

  • Serve as provisional conservator of the estate if there is no legal representative in the country.

  • Prepare documents for the disposition of the remains in accordance with instructions from the next-of-kin or legal representative.

  • Oversee the performance of the disposition of the remains and the distribution of the effects of the deceased.

  • Send signed copies of the Consular Report of Death of an U.S. Citizen Abroad to the next-of-kin or legal representative for possible use in settling estate matters in the United States. 

Consular Report of Death of a U.S. Citizen Abroad is:

  • Issued by the U.S. embassy or consulate upon its receipt of the foreign death certificate or finding of death by a local competent authority.

  • An administrative document that provides essential facts about the death, disposition of remains, and custody of the personal estate of the deceased U.S. citizen.

  • Generally used in legal proceedings in the United States as proof of death;

  • Based on the foreign death certificate, and cannot be completed until the foreign death certificate is issued (This can take as long as four-to-six weeks, depending on the country).

We also provide International Apostille services for apostillization, Consular Report of Death of a U.S. Citizen Abroad 

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