Why You Should Get Extra Death Certificates When A Loved One Passes Away

Why You Should Get Extra Death Certificates When a Loved One Passes Away

Dealing with the death of a loved one is hard enough without the paperwork around settling debts, estates and other property. What you may not know is almost every online service, from email to social networks, require copies of death certificates to close accounts too, which is why you'll need plenty. Image from superba_.

When closing accounts and settling debts for your family member, you'll need the proper paperwork, obviously. Most banks and financial institutions, local governments and other agencies will walk you through the process, but are clear up front that you need a copy of a death certificate (or an official one) to settle with them. Other services though, like email providers, social networks and online shopping accounts also require them, so if you think you have enough for banks, local council and their insurance provider, you don't have enough. Having all the documents you need ready to go (including extra copies) will make the process go smoothly, and hopefully give you one less thing to stress about in what will otherwise be a trying time. For more details, hit the link below.

The Grim But Necessary Art of Closing Accounts for Dead Family Members & Loved Ones [The Consumerist]


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