Further Suggestions

Tasks to be done, usually by the next-of-kin or executor for the deceased:

  • Notify all life insurance companies affected, Social Security Office and Veterans' Administration if eligible for benefits. (The funeral director may assist in this.)   
  • Check for other death benefits, as from group insurance policies, credit union accounts, labor unions, pensions, etc.   
  • Notify credit card companies, clubs and stores where deceased had charge accounts. Also notify banks, credit unions or stockbrokers where deceased had accounts.
  • Check for all installment payments coming due on merchandise, loans, or mortgages.
  • Notify Post Office of forwarding address to relative or executor.   
  • Notify lodges, fraternities and other organizations of which the deceased was a member. Notify schools and church that she or he attended. 
  • Notify the three credit reporting bureaus (ExperianTransunionEquifax) about the death, to help prevent identity theft.