Losing a family member is always hard. It’s not merely the grief that is so difficult to deal with. It’s also the confusion and the stress that comes along with the myriad practical issues that need to be addressed. So many details must be attended to, and so many loose ends must be efficiently tied. But how do you even know where to begin? After you’ve called the funeral home and made the appropriate arrangements, who do you contact next?
Here are a few people whom you may not readily think to call – yet contacting them may be more important than you think.
Credit card representative: It’s wise to put a freeze on the deceased person’s credit card accounts. It’s a unfortunate fact that some thieves will keep track of obituaries. When someone passes away, they use the opportunity to steal that person’s credit card information and make purchases.
Post office employee: If possible, you will want to get your loved one’s mail redirected to your address or at least held at the post office. You don’t want mail to pile up at the decedent’s home or in his or her mailbox. This creates a tempting stockpile of information for thieves to steal and misuse.
Probate attorney: The New Hampshire probate process can be exceedingly complex, requiring you to jump through numerous legal hoops. Working with an experienced legal professional can give you peace of mind knowing that all these formalities are being completed in a correct and timely manner.
Of course, talking to the right people is the first thing to do, but there are many other smart steps that you may want to take. These include removing valuables from the deceased person’s home for safekeeping, gathering financial information, etc.
This is guaranteed to be a long and trying process, but by making the right moves and enlisting the help of key professionals, you can make it through the challenges.