An Affidavit of Death is a legal document with a sworn statement that officially states someone has passed away. This form is used in conjunction with a certified death certificate. This sample affidavit of heirship is not provided for you to fill in the blanks. It is meant to help you draw up your own affidavit of heirship. It is an example of the most common situations seen when drawing up an affidavit of heirship. Will and estate planning is the process of arranging the distribution of your assets before and after your death. Eliminate uncertainties regarding your will by creating the appropriate legal forms to ensure your wishes are carried out. This affidavit also permits the transfer of funds from an account solely held by the deceased to a lawful spouse (barring a will or transfer on death instruction leaving the contents of the account to someone else). When presenting the affidavit and supporting documents for recording, be sure that they will update the tax records as well. If not, send a copy of the death certificate and the recorded beneficiary deed to the county assessor, too.