Families

One of our most important duties is to serve families who have lost a loved one, often suddenly and unexpectedly. On top of this sudden loss, we understand that for the vast majority of people, this is the first time they are working with our office. We strive to help families through the process and are available to answer questions.


The autopsy report is considered a medical record.  Although Power of Attorney or Executor of Estate provides legal rights regarding financial affairs and other matters, only the legal immediate next of kin may request a copy of an autopsy report


Next of kin hierarchy

Determination of legal next of kin uses the following order (if a person does not exist, is deceased, or is unable to be found, the next in line becomes next of kin):

  1. Spouse
  2. Adult children
  3. Parents
  4. Grandchildren
  5. Siblings
  6. Grandparents
  7. Person in the next degree of kinship to the decedent

The immediate next of kin can request a copy of the finalized autopsy report by submitting the form below.  

Please note: form must be notarized.

 

Printed from the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner website on December 07, 2021 at 3:24am.