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When a Death Occurs:

The family is usually in the midst of an emotional crisis. The funeral director may act as an advisor on many of the immediate problems; he has the knowledge and experience to relieve a family of needless worry and care

The Death Certificate:

The Funeral Director files Death Certificate with the county clerk and obtains the burial permit. Certified copies of the Death Certificate may be required as proof of death in settling claims. Additional copies may be obtained for a nominal charge.

Wills

IF THERE IS A WILL

The deceased is said to have died 'Testate' ... the executor must file the Will with the Probate Court within the time prescribed by statute and proceed with probate and distribution of the estate. The services of any attorney are advisable.

IF THERE IS NO WILL

but there is property, the deceased is said to have died "Intestate"... and administrator is appointed by the Probate Court, and the estate is distributed according to the State Statue of Descent and Distribution.

IN EITHER CASE

an attorney should be consulted.

-Obtain the services of a competent attorney.
-Prepare written instructions indicating how financial affairs are to be handled
-An up-to-date Will should be properly drawn.

-You can specify your beneficiaries and HOW they will receive your property...outright or in trust
-You can select the person or organization as the executor to settles your estate.
-You can select a guardian of minor children.
-You can leave charitable bequests.

-Insurance and pension benefits should be made in a way to meet the needs of your family.
-Provisions should be made for the education expense of minor children.
 

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