House Clearance Help & Advice: Who to inform when a loved one dies
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Losing a loved one is a terrible experience, but it is life and eventually
it is something which we all go through no matter how much we dont like
to think about it. During your time of grief it can be hard to think about
other things, but after the family there are certain people that need
to be informed. Forgetting about outstanding bills, credit cards and benefits
your loved one was receiving can lead to problems which you can well do
without and which only add to the stress of your loss.
Informing Old Friends
When your loved one passes away perhaps the best thing you can do is to
put a death notice in the local newspaper. Your loved will probably have
lots of old friends that would like to attend the funeral and say their
goodbyes, this is an excellent way of informing those you have lost contact
with or don’t know about.
Taking care of finances and bills
When friends have been taken care of the next factor you should take into
consideration is letting everyone else know such as banks, building societies,
benefits and insurance companies. Making a list can be a great idea and
can help you to see which way you need to go first. Here is a list of
some of the most common factors you should take into account:
If your loved one was receiving benefits then you will need to inform
the Social Security office regarding the death of your loved one, so benefits
can be dealt with efficiently.
Council tax benefit or housing benefit needs to be informed.
The Inland Revenue.
Gas, electricity and telephone companies all need to know.
Any hospital that the person was attending or Doctor.
If your loved one drove a car then the car insurance company needs to
Inform the life insurance company.
What items do I need to return?
Along with informing certain people, certain items of your loved one will
also need to be returned to the appropriate people or company. Again looking
around and writing a list can be helpful. Here are some of the most common
items that need dealing with and returning:
If you loved one was a reader then any library books need returning to
the local library.
Any benefit books need returning to the social services.
Any car registration documents.
Season tickets or club memberships.
Pension books or order books.
National insurance papers.
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