After a death, there are many legalities to be dealt with. While it is not necessary to have a lawyer involved, it is strongly recommended. A lawyer will make sure all the legal requirements are being met while providing piece of mind to your family. The time following the death of a loved one is extremely emotional, and even the closest families may have disagreements over trivial matters.
Before contacting your lawyer there are several important documents that you will need to gather. Those include:
- Bank Statements
- Insurance Policies
- Vehicle and Boat titles
- Tax Documents
What is to be done with bank accounts after a death will depend on how your loved one's accounts were set up with the bank. Some bank accounts are automatically frozen after a death while others will not be. To assist in avoiding any complications, banks should be notified when a death occurs. See More
A Funeral Director's Certificate of Death is a legal document which will be required by government, financial and other agencies when dealing with an estate. Generally 12 original copies are provided by our funeral home, however in some situations more may be necessary, additional copies are always provided free of charge. See More
Everyone knows they should have a will, but the vast majority – approximately 70% of us – do not. When we die, our families and friends will want to honour us by carrying out our funeral wishes. They will want to see that our property and possessions are distributed the way we want. See More
The word probate means to prove or validate. Probate is the procedure by which a will is approved by the Court as the valid and last will of a deceased testator (the person who made the will). It also confirms the appointment of the person named as executor in the will.
Your executor (also known as your Estate Trustee) is the person you name in your will to be in charge of your property and possessions after your death and carries out the instructions within your will. See More