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What to Do When a Loved One Dies

When a loved one dies, it can become easy to get caught up in the emotion and forget about the legal steps involved. At PMTK, we understand the hardships you may be facing and we are determined to ease your pain and stress. Our Gulfport estate planning lawyers can give you with a chance to mourn while helping you tackle the steps involved in the death of your loved one. We can provide you with the extensive knowledge and tools needed to address your case and help you determine the best plan of action. The sooner you figure out what to do with your loved one's estate, the sooner you can feel at ease in knowing it is all over.

Important Steps to Take After a Loved One Passes Away

By having a qualified lawyer on your side, you can feel more prepared when taking the important steps:

  • Inform neighbors and loved ones of their death and provide them with information on their upcoming funeral/wake. Letting the neighbors know can help to prevent anyone from sneaking into the decedent's estate or vandalizing their property while it is vacant.
  • Provide the pastor and church members with information about the decedent's funeral.
  • Send thank you cards to everyone who attended the funeral.
  • Get phone numbers and other information from the family members and heirs of the decedent.
  • Determine whether or not a will was left behind and hire an experienced lawyer to assist you.
  • Change the address of the decedent to the address of the executor or appointed representative.
  • Find out if a detailed inventory of the decedent's estate needs to be taken.
  • Make sure to save any important documentation and try to keep things as organized as possible.
  • Make sure that the family members and heirs to the estate do not take any of the decedent's assets before they are allowed to. This makes it a lot easier to take inventory and see to it that everyone gets their fair share of the property.

Depending on the circumstances of the decedent, how much property they owned, whether or not they created an estate plan, the legal documents involved, and how many family members they had; these factors can dramatically alter the distribution process of the estate.

Speak with a Harrison County probate attorney about your options!

After the death of a loved one, it is important to seek legal counsel from a probate attorney at PMTK as soon as possible. In doing so, you can make sure that you perform the necessary steps involved and feel more at ease in knowing that their property is being handled correctly. Our legal team of representatives is determined to guide you through the necessary steps involved and help ease your pain throughout the process. Now is the time to call a Harrison County probate attorney and begin your case today!

Perry, Murr, Teel & Koenenn - Gulfport Probate Attorney
Located at 625 16th St, Gulfport, MS 39507
Phone: (228) 896-0020

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