Navigating Legal Matters After a Death
"What To Do When Someone Dies: Guide for the Bereaved"
Losing a loved one is never easy, and it can be especially overwhelming when you are unsure of what to do next. As a trusted estate administration attorney, the team at Doucet Co., LPA is here to help guide you through the legal process of handling a loved one's affairs after they pass away.
One of the first steps you should take is to gather any important documents and information. This may include the deceased's will, if they had one, their birth certificate, and any insurance policies. You should also make a list of their assets and debts. This will be necessary in order to properly administer their estate.
If the deceased had a will, it will need to be filed with the probate court in the county where they lived. The probate process is necessary to ensure that the will is valid and to distribute the deceased's assets according to their wishes. If the deceased did not have a will, their assets will be distributed according to state laws of intestacy.
During the probate process, an estate administration attorney can help you navigate the legalities and handle the tasks involved in settling the estate. This may include collecting and managing assets, paying debts and taxes, and distributing assets to beneficiaries.
An estate administration attorney can also help you with tasks such as drafting a new will or setting up a trust to protect your assets and ensure they are distributed according to your wishes after your passing.
If you have recently lost a loved one and are unsure of what to do next, don't hesitate to reach out to the team at Doucet Co., LPA. We are here to help you through this difficult time and ensure that your loved one's affairs are handled with care and compassion. Call us today at (888) 200-9824 to schedule a consultation.