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What to Expect When a Family Member Passes Away

There’s nothing that can prepare you for when a family member passes away.  Sometimes it’s expected, while other times it’s not.  Whatever the case, it will be a difficult time for you and your family.  When this happens, not only do you need to deal with your loved one being gone, but there are other details that you’ll have to handle as well.  Here are the three hardest things you’ll have to deal with when a family member passes away. (Related topics: trusts and estate attorney, estate litigation)


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Funeral

It’s difficult to plan a funeral when you’ve just lost a loved one, but it’s necessary.  You’ll need to choose a funeral home, select a casket and grave marker, invite guests, and put together information for the obituary.  It’s a big job to take on, but you’ll feel relieved when you and your family see the beautiful ceremony that you organized.

 

Will

In a perfect world, no one will contest the will, but that is not always the case.  Sometimes family members feel like they didn’t get their fair share in the will.  It could be because the will was not duly executed, the testator was not competent when the will was signed, or the testator was unfairly influenced when the will was made.  When this happens, your family will need to hire a probate attorneyProbate attorneys work to settle the final affairs of a deceased person when there are family members who want to change their will.

 

Grieving

When a loved one dies, you need to give yourself time to grieve.  Now that the funeral and paperwork is finished, you can focus on recovering from your loss.  There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to how you should grieve; everyone is different.  You should take time to deal with the death and when you’re ready, resume your regular routine.

Probate attorneys will help resolve any disagreements over the will of your deceased family member.  If you need help settling the legal disputes that you and your family are having during this time, contact your local probate attorney.