When someone in your family passes on, your first thought is taking care of that person through services at funeral homes in Windber, PA. You are also concerned with your own grief and with informing your family members what has happened. Once those things are under control, you will also need to make a list of important areas and businesses that need to be notified of your loved one’s death. Here are a few things that you will want to put on your list:
Just because your loved one passed on doesn’t mean they are exempt from taxes that year. As a survivor, you will have to file on their behalf or have a financial consultant do so for them. But you will also want to inform the IRS of the death, so they know for the following years.
The Social Security Administration
This is an organization you don’t have to do much to inform. In fact, they will automatically get notice when you file for the death certificate, which will be one of the first things you do when you start to organize final services.
Credit Card Companies
You will want to cancel all credit cards and talk to credit reporting agencies so that other people don’t’ try to use their credit fraudulently. You can put a lock on their credit so those looking to prey on the deceased aren’t able to use something old or start something new in their name.
The bank might need a copy of the death certificate in order to close and transfer funds from accounts. But you will want to inform them as soon as you can that your loved one passed so you can have them watching out for any suspicious activity or transfers in the meantime.
Depending on your loved one’s living situation, you may need to call the utility company that served their home or apartment. If you are selling the house soon, you can get those utilities cancelled out. Otherwise, you can transfer the bills into your name for the time being so you can pay the bills until you decide what to do. They may also need a death certificate to switch things over.
Whether your loved one belonged to a local gym, got a magazine in the mail, or had other online or in person subscriptions, it’s important to get those cancelled out so automatic payments aren’t overlooked.
There are a lot of things you need to do, both with funeral homes in Windber, PA and with other businesses when your loved one passed on. The professionals at Simple Alternatives Funeral Home & Crematory can help you figure out what steps to take and we can help you create a list of businesses to inform so you can get through the steps as quickly and efficiently as possible. Give us a call whenever you need support and we’ll be here to help you.