If you haven’t already, notify relevant parties of the death. You will need to send death certificates in many cases.
Consider government benefits such as Civil Service benefits, Veteran’s benefits, Social Security survivor benefits, state survivor benefits, Public Safety Officers’ benefits, Federal Employee benefits, and Department of Defense benefits.
Continue to diligently check the mail and notify senders of the death. Don’t leave mail languishing in mailboxes, especially mail that could be useful to thieves.
Contact insurance companies, if necessary meet with real estate professionals, and get a copy of the deceased’s credit report to check for unauthorized activity.
Consider where you are in your grieving process. If you’re still feeling overwhelmed and emotional after six months, you may want to think about seeking professional help.
Don’t forget about taxes. If you’re going through the probate process, filing the last tax return is part of the end of that process. If you're not going through probate, it’s still important to file the Deceased’s last tax return. Many states have a filing deadline nine months after death.
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