If the deceased was living independently, the police should be notified once the remains have been removed from the home, irrespective of whether or not someone else will continue to reside in the home.
Regrettably, in many locations the obituary column provides leads to burglars, who may break in and steal any valuables from the deceased's home.
In addition, on the day of the funeral/cremation/memorial service, also ensure that the police and the neighbors are alerted.
If possible, try to make sure that someone is at the residence of the deceased and the homes of close family members. Burglars will also target the homes of close friends and relatives, knowing they are away at the funeral/memorial service.
In the event that you will require time to sort through the home inventory, consider having someone reside in the home if at all possible. Alternatively, have someone check the house every day - yes, daily - to ensure its security and safety.
Thankfully, some of the newer security systems can help, sending information and pictures directly to your mobile phone. But, that does NOT replace visiting the house or apartment as often as possible if no one is in residence.
Any alarm system already in place should be fully functioning and continue to be used. Contact the alarm company to let them know of the situation and ensure that the monthly maintenance invoices are directed to the person who will be able to pay them.
You do not want this coverage to lapse until the ownership of the house has changed.
If you are doing your pre-death planning, be sure to leave your code for the security system in the paperwork for those that remain behind.In the following pages, we elaborate on each of these issues, from dealing with the police for security to handling rental or investment properties. From dealing with utility bills to clearing the dwelling.
Whether the deceased owned or rented or owned the home, mortgages and rental obligations still need to be paid and settled.
Like mortgages and rent, utilities and maintenance need to be addressed.
What about rental or investment properties? Vacation homes? Timeshares?
Step-by-step guide to what to do first. Calls, paperwork, Care Arrangements, etc.
Detailed guide to prepare or fulfill final wishes
Where do you start? Physical remains, funeral options, death certificates, memorial services and more...
Next hurdle -how to handle financial records and accounts
What you need to know to protect and eliminate the deceased's digital presence
Don't forget subscriptions, memberships and more...
Funny, helpful, special stories others have shared to help you through the process
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