If an autopsy is required for my loved one, will I be charged a fee?

No. Autopsies and laboratory testing performed by order of the Coroner are paid by the Coroner's budget. When an autopsy is not deemed necessary, we are happy to give the family some names and numbers of local pathologists who perform private autopsies. Please note that a private autopsy contracted by the family will incur a fee as specified by the pathologist who is hired to perform the private autopsy.

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1. I am the legal next of kin and my loved one is at the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office. What are the next steps?
2. I am the next of kin and there is property at the coroner's office that I need to pick up. How can I do that?
3. I'm not the next of kin, but I would like information about the death of a friend or relative. What information can I obtain?
4. If an autopsy is required for my loved one, will I be charged a fee?
5. May I view or visually identify my relative at the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office?
6. My loved one has died and I have no money to pay a mortuary to handle the arrangements. What can I do?
7. What records does the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office produce?
8. What volunteer or internship opportunities are available with the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office?
9. When a person dies, where is the body taken?
10. When is an autopsy performed, and what if I disagree with the decision regarding autopsy for my loved one?
11. When must the coroner's office be notified of a death?