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Letter Requesting Access to a Deceased Third Party's Medical Records

There is nothing less pleasant to deal with when grieving the loss of a loved one than the labyrinthine realms of bureaucracy, yet sadly it’ a challenge many of us have to tackle when we try to secure the medical records of a deceased relative. Getting permission to access such data can be a daunting task, and without knowing the ins and outs of the law surrounding the release of these records, it can take far longer than it should.

That’s why Law on the Web offers an template letter for use in such situations. All you have to do is download the file in your preferred format and fill in the details where prompted, then you simply have to send it off and wait for the response.

No knowledge of law is required to fill out and use the template. However, bear in mind that the medical institution is permitted to charge you a fee for copies of the records, and whilst this is not subject to a maximum limit, it should reflect the cost of retrieving, collating and copying the records. Furthermore, it is important to be aware that you can only inspect records if you are the executor or administrator of the deceased person’s estate.