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Facing the Legalities

When coping with the death of a loved one, there are many legal details that need to be sorted out. You may be wondering whether you need a lawyer. You may need to locate certain legal documents before the funeral arrangements are made. And what about the estate and the will? Let us help you clear up any confusion you may be feeling. If you have any questions or would prefer to speak to someone directly, please contact us.

Gathering the Important Documents
You may need to locate certain legal documents regarding the estate of a loved one, such as their will, life insurance or military service records. Our guide to gathering vital paperwork can help.
Will I Need a Lawyer?
Lawyers are society's professional problem solvers, and when you have estate issues to deal with, there’s no doubt an experienced attorney can help you navigate the legalities of dying. Here’s how.
Death Certificates
The death certificate, the permanent record of the fact of death, is perhaps the single most important document you’ll need in the coming weeks. Learn how we can help you obtain certified copies.
Notifying Creditors and Government Agencies
There are so many social connections you will need to notify of the death of your loved one. What should be your top priority? Follow our guidelines and 4-step notification process.
Social Security Benefits
Social Security survivors benefits help ease the financial burden that follows a worker's death. Almost all children under age 18 will get monthly benefits if a working parent dies. Other family members may be eligible for benefits, too.
Veterans Benefits
VA Cash Benefits For Reimbursement of Burial Expenses - $300 is available for an honorably discharged veteran, IF: they were in receipt of VA non-service-connected disability pension benefits or service-connected compensation benefits at the time of death or IF the death occurred in a VA hospital, or VA contracted health care facility.

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