For most of us, the thought of losing a loved one hardly ever passes our minds—I mean, they are going to live forever, right? Unfortunately, at the current time, humans are not able to live forever. People will eventually pass, and we need to be able to handle their passing. Everyone copes in different ways, but there is no doubt that the legal side of death is a difficult one.
What to do if a loved on Passes:
You may have gone through this before. Someone close to you passes, and you are now set to deal with their final affairs. Whether you are the executive of the will, next of kin, or even the spouse, you will have to manage their final affairs.
This can get a little bit stressful (as if death was not stressful enough!), because you need to take into consideration your lost loved ones personal affairs. What was their debt like, did they own their house or were they still making payments, did they even leave a will, is there a life insurance policy, how are you going to pay for a funeral, etc. The list goes on and on.
People avoid hiring lawyers due to the cost. They will spend a few hundred dollars on a lawyer that will only provide a few sessions of guidance to you. Some people find this to be useless spending, while other people stick to hiring a lawyer.
The truth is, you should hire a lawyer—but not just any lawyer. Lawyers practice law in different ways. You have divorce lawyers, criminal lawyers, personal injury lawyers, and so on. Your best bet is to hire a lawyer who specializes in death affairs, estates, wills, and trusts. These lawyers know the law when it comes to death and will keep you out of any trouble.
Sure you can simply google any questions you have, and even ask people around your community for advice. The thing is though, what are the credentials of said advice? Has the person gone through this before (did they hire a lawyer?), have they only ever been on the outside of the situation, were they able to handle their lost loved ones affairs effectively?
Why hire lawyer?
By hiring a lawyer to handle after death affairs, you are getting legal and reliable information. Especially lawyers who have specialized in estates, trusts, wills, etc., they will lead you in the right direction to make the after death process a little less stressful for you.
Even if you just consult with a lawyer after your loved one has passed, you are one step closer to the after death process going smoothly. An initial consultation with a lawyer can give you general information and point you in the right direction for the task at hand. Even though you would be doing most of the heavy lifting, you are still cutting yourself a break by seeking legal advice about what to do after death of a loved one.
If you have any questions after a loved one has passed, please feel free to reach out at my contact form.