I Have Lost a Loved One, Where Do I Start?

The first steps that are taken after the death of a loved one are as follows:

  • Notify family members, friends, church, and next of kin.
  • Meet with the funeral home to make the necessary funeral arrangements.
  • Locate the will to determine who is listed as the executor of the estate and whether any funeral instruc¬≠tions have been included in the will or attached to the will.
  • Locate and secure assets.¬† Change the lock on the house if others have keys and make sure neighbors watch the house.
  • Contact the attorney who drew up the will or find an attorney if there is no will.