Month: October 2015

What Should I Do When A Loved One Dies?

What Should I Do When A Loved One Dies?Losing a loved one is an emotional and stressful time regardless of whether the death was expected or sudden. In many cases, family members are in a state of shock when a loved one dies. Many people describe the days after a loved one dies as “operating on auto pilot” as they go through the steps of arranging for the burial and planning a funeral. For some people, taking care of these details can help them feel as if they are in control during a time when they have no control over their emotions.

What Do I Do After the Funeral When a Loved One Dies?

How to Stop Mail Addressed to a Deceased Person?

How to Stop Mail Addressed to a Deceased Person?

Even though we have moved into the electronic age, we still receive a significant amount of paper mail. For some, the amount of paper mail may be higher, especially for those who never embraced email or the internet as a means of communication. Therefore, one of your first steps as an executor for the probate estate is to contact the post office and submit a change of address form. You need to ensure that all of the deceased’s mail is coming to your address so that you can review bills, statements, etc. and take the appropriate measures according to the decedent’s Will or state law.

Unfortunately, along with the important pieces of mail that you receive, you will also receive junk mail, catalogs, magazines, and other items. At some point, you will want to stop mail from being delivered. Bills and statements typically end once the account is settled; however, junk mail will continue until you take steps to stop it.

Designating a Guardian for Your Children

Designating a Guardian for Your ChildrenYour children are the most important people in your life and protecting them is your top priority. Designating a guardian for your children is an important step in protecting your children. While we do not want to consider the possibility that we might not be alive to see our children grow up, designating a guardian is an important estate planning step that we all must consider to ensure that our children will be cared for should the unthinkable happen.

When Designating a Guardian, Know the Person

We cannot stress enough how important it is that you know the person you are choosing as the guardian for your children. You might think this is something that does not need to be said when counseling a person on designating a guardian for his or her children; however, when we say, “know the person” we mean “spend time with that person.” It is not enough that the person you are choosing as a guardian is someone who is close to you — you need to really “know” that person. …

Convincing Your Spouse to Begin Estate Planning

Convincing Your Spouse to Begin Estate PlanningYou and your spouse may believe you have plenty of time to plan for your future; however, you never truly know how much time you have or what may happen tomorrow. Losing a spouse or your spouse become incapacitated is a traumatic experience. This experience can be much more difficult and stressful if you and your spouse have not taken steps to protect your family. It is important that both spouses understand the reason or estate planning and the need to ensure that your estate plan is comprehensive and up-to-date.

Below are the most common excuses people give for not beginning the estate planning process sooner.

Five Common Excuses Why People Do Not Bergin Estate Planning

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