Facing Financial Issues After a Family Member Passes Away
In the aftermath of a beloved family member’s death, funeral planning near Tacoma can feel understandably overwhelming. Determining what to do with his or her finances after you have finished planning funeral services can seem like an additional burden. Keep reading for a simple checklist.
Obtain Death Certificates
After your loved one or spouse has died, your first endeavors should involve funeral planning and seeking grief counseling services for your entire family. But do not delay in organizing your loved one’s financial affairs. If you are an executor or spouse, your first order of business should be to obtain 10-20 copies of the death certificate. You will need to provide these to creditors, financial institutions, and government agencies.
Secure Letters of Administration
Before you reach out to people and companies with whom your loved one did business while alive, you must first prove that you have a legal right to wrap up your loved one’s affairs. After selecting a burial plot at the cemetery or planning a cremation ceremony, make sure to obtain letters of administration. If your loved one named you as an executor, you can obtain these letters from the local courthouse or city hall where your family member last lived before passing.
Seek Legal Advice
After the passing of a loved one, it is important to seek advice from an experienced attorney. While many people initially hesitate to hire a lawyer due to the expense, consulting an attorney right away can save an estate thousands of dollars later on. If you or a family member has been appointed executor of an estate, you can be exposed to litigation if you do not follow the terms of a will exactly.
Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory has years of experience caring for families near Tacoma after the death of a loved one. We offer a wide range of funeral services and funeral planning services for all budgets. Find out more about planning a funeral or take advantage of our grief counseling services by calling us at (253) 584-0252.