Steps to Take After a Loved One’s Death

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Grieving WomanThe death of a family member is emotionally and mentally traumatic. While you are tempted to retreat and deal with your grief, there may be loose ends that you must clear up for your loved one. As the person in charge of keeping everything organized, it is important that you know what steps you must take to do so.

There are some important tasks you must address quickly, while others can wait a few days or weeks.

Your Essential Checklist Steps

  1. Handling the Death Declaration: If your loved one did not die at a hospital or hospice care facility, you will need a death declaration. This requires you to contact 911 and report the death. If there is a DNR, give that to the first responders so that they do not attempt to revive. If the paramedics are permitted to do so, they can declare the death. If not, the individual may require transport to a local hospital for declaration.
  2. Transporting the Body: Next, you will need to contact the mortuary that your loved one selected before death. If you have no prepaid agreement with them, discuss pricing over the phone. While it may seem awkward, you must know the costs associated with retrieving and transporting the body to the facility.
  3. Making all Pertinent Calls: While you do not have to call everyone right away, you must notify immediate family members. These family members can then be responsible for calling and notifying others.
  4. Figuring Out Dependents and Pets: If the deceased had pets or minor children, care and feed them while waiting for permanent arrangements. You may be responsible for arranging short-term care over the next few days until the estate plan and guardianship designations are figured out.

Handling the Burial and After

Depending on your loved one’s religious preferences, there may be specific procedures that you will follow to bury or cremate properly. Leave yourself enough time to take care of these tasks.

Once the body is buried or cremated, then you can work on the estate issues. If you are not the executor, the executor must be notified so that they can gather necessary paperwork and start the process of distribution.

Having a Well-Drafted Plan Can Help Loved Ones After Your Death

To establish the process of caring for you and your responsibilities after death, meet with an estate planning attorney to draft a well-thought-out estate plan. The Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin, P.C. offers free consultations. Call 516-605-0625 or request your appointment online.

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