Making Arrangements, Finding Documents and Sending Notice
When a loved one passes away, it can be hard to begin handling their estate. In the midst of grieving and possible family strife over inheritance, making arrangements and handling the estate affairs can be a daunting process. We’re here to help. Contact the Oak Brook Estate Attorneys today.
Below is a helpful list and starting point in getting organized with what to do, who to contact and what documents to find after the death of a loved one.
Obtain Death Certificates (usually the Funeral Home can assist you)
Burial or Cremation Arrangements
Make an Appointment with Our Oak Brook Estate Attorneys who can handle the Decedent’s Estate.
Have the Attorneys who can handle the Decedent’s Estate file the Will in the Appropriate County.
Make an inventory of household goods and personal belongings the decedent owned.*
Try to discover and then make an inventory of assets the decedent owns in order that they can be accounted for and properly distributed.*
*In handling the affairs of a Decedent, do not be quick to make distributions to family members or friends of the Decedent. Contact our Oak Brook Estate Attorneys who can represent you in handling the decedent’s estate to determine whether probate needs to be opened. Important choices need to be made concerning such distributions and, of course, they need to be in compliance with applicable estate and tax laws, the decedent’s last Will, and the Probate Court.
Persons to Notify:
The Decedent’s Attorney
Attorneys to Handle the Decedents Estate
Financial Planner or Investment Advisor
Credit Card Companies
Health Care Agents (health, dental, vision, medical, etc.)
Social Security Administration
Professional Associations, Religious Associations, Clubs, Schools, Unions, Fraternal Groups
Documents to Locate and Have Available:
Last Will and Testament
Any Living Trust or Testamentary Trust
Safety Deposit Box Keys
Letters to the Executor from the Decedent
Legal Name Change Decrees
Income Tax Records
Real Estate Deeds
Business Interest or Ownership Documentation
Documentation of Assets
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