8 Things to Do When a Loved One Dies – From a Legal Perspective

When a loved one dies, there are often many things to consider.  Here are some things to consider from a legal perspective:

  1. Check that the deceased’s property is insured.
  2. Check that any real estate owned by the deceased is secure.
  3.  Obtain the Death Certificate.  This will be needed to obtain a grant of probate or letters of administration from the Court.
  4.  Locate the deceased’s important documents including Wills and Codicils.
  5. Make a list of the deceased’s assets and liabilities as far as they are known.
  6. Notify the deceased’s bank or banks regarding the death of the deceased and ensure the accounts are secure.
  7.  Notify the deceased’s credit card companies regarding the death of the deceased and ensure any credit cards do not remain operational.
  8. Instruct a solicitor to make an application for a grant of probate or letters of administration if you are the deceased’s executor. 

We regularly assist clients with deceased estates.  For an obligation free appointment, please contact our office on (02) 9633 1826 or email reception@mcauleyhawach.com.au.

Stephen McAuley

McAuley Hawach Lawyers

11 Fennell Street, Parramatta NSW 2124

Telephone: (02) 9633 1826

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