When you lose one of your parents, it’s devastating. You may be deep in mourning, and you may not want to deal with the legal aspects of the situation. Unfortunately, it is important to handle your parent’s estate when you’re the appointed executor.
Your immediate job is to start with the funeral, to gather official records and to get in touch with the Social Security Administration. This may be a lot to handle in the initial days following your loved one’s death, but it is important to move forward quickly.
Preparing for a funeral
To start with, you will need to prepare for your parent’s funeral. Those costs may be covered by compensation left behind in a life-insurance policy or through other means. You can talk to your parent’s attorney or your own to find out how those costs will be handled.
Don’t forget the Social Security Administration
While that’s happening, you should submit information to the Social Security Administration to let it know that your parent has passed away. This will stop any Social Security benefits that your parent was receiving, which will prevent accounting issues later on. This will also help prevent your loved one’s Social Security number from being stolen.
Remember to inform others of the death
Finally, remember to gather up any financial account information with companies that need a proof of your parent’s death. You may need to request several copies of the death certificate to send to these companies, so that you can get life insurance or other financial assets released to the estate.
It can be difficult to deal with all these issues immediately after a loved one dies, which is why your attorney is there to help. Don’t be afraid to reach out for more support.