A loved one passing away can be absolutely devastating. It can feel like the world has been ripped out from under your feet and that there is a weight pressing down on your chest. You don’t have enough time to process what has happened, and people are pushing for you to make decisions you are simply not ready to make. Knowing the steps and what you need to do, however, can help you and your loved ones get through this trying time.
After Their Death
There are one of two things that can occur after their death. You can either obtain a death certificate from the hospital, at which point you will need to register the death, or the case will be passed on to a coroner. A coroner is involved when there is anything questionable about the cause of death. In some situations, the coroner will request an inquest. Knowing what happens at an inquest and having professionals handle the case can help you greatly, especially as you grieve.
There are one of two general outcomes that can arise out of an inquest. The death can be ruled natural or accidental, in which case you will be given the death certificate and can continue with funeral preparations from there. If there is something criminal about the case, however, you will have to work with legal professionals. This occurs mostly with murders or negligence cases.
Obtain a Death Certificate
You will obtain a death certificate from either the hospital, the funeral home, or the coroner. You will need a death certificate in order to handle the legal proceedings involved with settling your loved ones’ estate. You will also need to notify the government of the death, so that they, in turn, can make the proper arrangements. This will involve settling the estate tax (if any).
Have the Funeral
Some people, particularly retired seniors, have contingency plans in the event of their death. One of the ways they can prepare for their passing is to pay for their funeral in advance. If you know they have such a scheme you will need to find the paperwork and contact either the company or the funeral home who is responsible for the payout. Once you have the money acquired, you can visit a funeral home and organize a funeral for your loved one.
Settling Their Will
The executor of the deceased’s will is in charge of ensuring that will is carried out. This does not have to be a lawyer, though if you were named the executor, you can hire a solicitor to help you settle their will, estate, and any debts. If you aren’t certain how to handle settling their will and estate, contact a professional who can adequately advise you.
It’s important to note that if you cannot take charge after a loved ones’ death, whether due to grief, or injury, you can hire a legal professional to take charge in your stead. By doing so, you can help alleviate the pressure and the responsibility and allow you to grieve without worry.