Ordering flowers from our site ensures that your order will reach us or the family in a timely manner, and your gesture of support will remain acknowledged in the Book of Memories for future generations. We only work with local florists so we can maintain the sense of urgency and quality of your selections. We thank you for helping to support the family during their time of need, and will fondly remember your kind gesture.
We respect the sensitivity and dignity that comes with ordering tribute gifts from the funeral home. It is for this reason that we have attempted to design our online Sympathy Store with the utmost respect to the family and the deceased. We hope you find this service helpful during your time of need and would welcome any comments or suggestions you might have to help us serve our communities better.
Practical Steps To Follow After The Death - Townley & Wheeler Funeral Home
Practical Steps To Follow After The Death
There are certain practical matters you’ll need
to attend to after the death of a loved one.
A brief overview of these could include the following:
Finding the Will
You have to have the original; the court won’t accept a copy. Then you’ll have to register the will at the local probate office.
Locating Assets and Determining Liabilities
Locate all the essential information about your loved one’s assets and liabilities: insurance policies, bank accounts, retirement accounts, investments and loans. You’ll need all these to manage upcoming transactions and to notify the financial providers.
Contacting their Employer
This will help you handle retirement plan distributions, employer-purchased insurance payouts and ensure that any vacation pay due goes to beneficiaries.
Keeping Your Eye on the Mail Box
Chances are good something will eventually arrive about an account or loan the deceased had, and there may be assets that aren’t even known to the family. Take the time to cancel magazine subscriptions, catalogs, and anything else arriving by mail regularly. And, after a time, be sure to check regularly with the NYS Comptroller's website for funds belonging to the deceased that may have been overlooked.
Paying the Bills
Don’t let anything get by you and slip into collections. Make sure you’ve arranged to wrap up any outstanding liabilities: the monthly utility bill, the mortgage, credit card bills, or car loans.
Filing Tax Returns
You will eventually have to send in federal and state income tax returns and possibly estate tax returns. It may benefit you to turn these tasks over to a certified accountant.
Consulting An Attorney
When things are really complex or if you’re just not comfortable handling an estate, you may want to bring in an estate attorney. At the very least, check in with one after you’ve completed what you can. We’d recommend telling them what you’ve done and asking them if you’ve missed anything along the way.
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