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Unfortunately, you are almost certainly going to have to file to open a probate on his estate and then use your powers as an executor to get the records. The medical providers have taken the position, and the courts have supported them in this, that HIPAA rights continue after death and therefore you have to have some type of authorization to get records. At this point the only entity that can provide the authorization is a court or someone that has been appointed by the court to "stand in place" of the deceased such as the executor of the estate. Once you have been appointed executor you will just have to send the request along with a copy of the Letters Testamentary or the order appointing you as the executor and the medical providers should provide you the medical records with no problems.