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After a death, there are many legal details to work out. While it is not necessary to work with a lawyer, it is strongly recommended. The time following a death of a loved one is extremely emotional, and even the closest family may have disagreements. To ensure lasting peace in the family, it is a good idea to let a lawyer figure things out.
Before getting in touch with a lawyer, there are several important documents that you need to gather. Those include:
- Any wills that you are aware of.
- Bank Statements
- Insurance Policies
- Vehicle and Boat titles
- Tax Documents
A Funeral Director Statement of Death is necessary before anything can be done. A Funeral Director Statement of Death can be obtained through the funeral home. It is a good idea to obtain multiple copies of the Funeral Director Statement of Death as most agencies require a certified certificate and not a photocopy
A certified death certificate is frequently necessary in the wake of a death. A death certificate can be obtained through a funeral director. It is a good idea to obtain multiple copies of a death certificate, as many agencies require a certified certificate and not a photocopy.
Everyone knows they should have a will, but the vast majority – about 70% of us – do not. Writing a will is easy and inexpensive, and once you are done you can rest easy, knowing your hard-earned money and property will be distributed according to your wishes, and that your loved ones will be taken care of in your absence.
Procedures for bank accounts following death vary regionally. In some areas, bank accounts are automatically frozen after a death. To avoid any complications, the bank should be notified immediately. The bank employees will guide you through the next steps from there.