Legal Advice

After someone has died, there are several legal details to address.  While it is not necessary to get an attorney, we strongly recommended it.  An attorney will make sure all  the proper legal procedures are followed.  The time following a death of a loved one is extremely emotional, and even the closest family will have disagreements over the most trivial matters.  To make sure there is still peace in the family, it is a good idea to let an attorney finalize the details.

Before getting in touch with an attorney there are several important documents that you need to gather.  Those include:

  • Wills
  • Deeds
  • Bank Statements
  • Insurance Policies
  • Vehicle and Boat titles
  • Tax Documents

Bank Accounts

What is to be done with bank accounts after a death varies from state to state.  In some states, bank accounts are automatically frozen after a death.  To avoid any complications, the bank should be notified immediately, and you should find out the procedures for releasing these funds, and how to set up a new account for funds received after the death. See More.

Death Certificates

A Certified Death Certificate is necessary before anything can be done. See More.

Wills

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. See More.

Probate

Probate is the legal process that transfers the legal title of property from the estate of the deceased to their beneficiaries.  See More.

Executors

An executor is the personal representative of your estate.  They are the person in charge of taking control of your assets, paying off any debts, and distributing assets to your beneficiaries per the terms and conditions of your will. See More.