Steps to take after the death of a spouse
Losing a spouse may be one of the most difficult life events that any of us have to deal with. A spouse is a parenting partner, a co-CFO, a best friend and a beloved soul mate. Losing the person who supports you in so many ways can create an emptiness which can be almost paralyzing.
This is why it’s so important after the death such as this to have the support you need to get through the detail-oriented and often emotionally draining Probate process, which includes tasks such as sorting through a financial history, submitting legal documents to the probate court, contacting creditors and family members, and more. Some people have family or friends to help with these time-consuming tasks, others enlist the help of an estate planning or probate attorney, but one thing is clear: no one should do it alone.
Every family or couple will have a different experience with the Probate process, but we offer a basic list of universal “to-do” items to remember after the death of a spouse. We hope this will help give you a little bit of security during a very emotional and stressful time.
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