When you lose a loved one, things may be incredibly difficult to process. It is never easy, and all the hoops you have to jump through after their death may feel like salt on the wound. Having information and resources available can make the process a bit easier to handle. Lucé Law is dedicated to helping our clients get through the hard times in a manner that is as stress-free as possible. Here are a few tips on what to do after someone close to you passes away.
Take a Moment to Grieve
While tasks may be thrown at you left and right after your loved one’s death, you need to take a little time out for yourself to grieve your loss. Whether it is meeting with a religious leader, speaking to a therapist, or reflecting on their life and death on your own, you need to process their death in a healthy way.
Gather Important Documents
If your loved one died with a will or trust, you need to take out that document and read it thoroughly. Unfortunately, many people create an estate plan but neglect to tell anyone where it is located. This leads to stressful search for assets, documents, and whatever else the family can find to try and fulfill the last wishes of their loved one.
Speak to an Attorney
Don’t attempt to do everything yourself. Elicit the help of an experienced attorney to help you with the estate documents, dividing assets, and settling creditors. We understand that the process can be intensely emotional, and we are happy to act as practical support during this difficult time.