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What to do when a loved one dies A survivor’s check list. IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE DEATH, YOU SHOULD:  1. Contact the funeral home to take your loved one into their care.  2. Contact your minister.  3. Alert immediate family members and close friends.  4. If employed, contact the deceased’s employer.  5. If applicable, notify agent under Power of Attorney.  6. Alert the executor of your loved one’s Will.  7. Notify religious, fraternal, and civic organizations that your loved one was a member of.  8. Notify your attorney regarding the probate of the estate.  9. Arrange for the care of any dependants.  10. If the deceased had any pets, arrange for their immediate care.  11. Remove any valuables from the deceased’s home, secure the residence, and take steps to make the home appear to be occupied (for example, use of lamp timers).  12. Arrange for the disposal of any perishables left in the deceased’s home- such as food, refrigerated items, and existing refuse.  13. Alert the Post Office to forward the deceased’s mail. 14. Locate loved one’s important documents:    Will    Birth certificate    Social Security card    Marriage license    Military discharge papers (DD-214)    Deed to burial property    Copy of funeral prearrangements    Life insurance policies 15. Compile the following information that the funeral home will need in order to finalize the death certificate:    Deceased’s first, middle, and last name    Deceased’s Maiden Name (if applicable)    Deceased’s Home Address    Deceased’s Social Security Number    Deceased’s Date of Birth    Deceased’s Date of Death    Deceased’s Age    Deceased’s Gender    Race/Ethnicity    Marital Status    Spouse’s first and last name    Deceased’s highest level of education attained    Deceased’s Occupation    Deceased’s Place of Birth (City and State) • Deceased’s Father’s Name   Birth City   Birth State • Deceased’s Mother’s Name   Birth City   Birth State • If your loved one was a Veteran   Entered Service Date   Entered Service Place   Service Number   Separated from Service Date   Separated from Service Place   Grade, Rank or Rating   Organization and Branch of Service WITHIN ONE MONTH OF THE DEATH, YOU SHOULD:  1. Consult with an attorney about probate.  2. Meet with an accountant to discuss estate taxes.  3. File claims with life insurance companies.  4. Contact the Social Security Administration and other government offices that may have been making payments to the descendent. If the descendent was your spouse, inquire about your eligibility for new benefits.  5. Notify the Registrar of Voters.  6. If the deceased’s home is unoccupied, cancel unnecessary home services, such as newspaper delivery, cable service, etc.  7. Cancel deceased’s prescriptions.  8. Contact the Department of Motor Vehicles to cancel deceased’s drivers license and transfer titles of all registered vehicles.  9. If your loved one was a veteran, inquire about benefits that you may be entitled to through the VA.  10. Contact the deceased’s employer. Inquire about any 401 (k), pension, or company benefits that the descendent may be entitled to.  11. Notify all 3 credit reporting agencies.  12. Obtain a current copy of the deceased’s credit report.  13. If the death was accidental, verify whether benefits are available on existing insurance policies.  14. Check for any life insurance benefits available through existing credit card or loan accounts.  15. File any outstanding claims for health insurance or Medicare benefits.  16. Obtain copies of deceased’s outstanding bills. 17. Locate and/or obtain other important paperwork of the deceased that will be necessary for the settlement of their estate:  At least 12 copies of the certified Death Certificates  Real estate deeds and titles  Stock certificates  Real estate titles  Loan paperwork  Bank and retirement account statements  Last 4 years of tax returns  18. Advise all creditors in writing that a death has occurred.  19. Change ownership of assets and lines of credit.  20. Update your Will.  21. Update beneficiaries on your life insurance policies, if necessary.  22. Send acknowledgement cards for flowers, donations, food, or any significant gestures of kindness. Also remember to thank pallbearers.  23. Organize and distribute descendant’s personal belongings.  24. Remove loved one’s from marketing and mailing lists
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