As estate planning attorneys, there are some parts of our work that we don’t look forward to. Personally, I get a lot of satisfaction out of helping families prepare for the future — easing their worries and protecting what’s most important. However, the advance planning is the easy part.

When families come to me just after a loved one has passed, that’s when things get tough. In those first hours, days, and weeks, there is a lot of confusion, grief, and worry about what needs to be done.

Luckily, the team here at Brian M. Douglas & Associates is compassionate, experienced, and prepared to help walk families through this difficult time. That’s why we decided to develop this checklist of the first seven things you need to do after a loved one passes. We hope you don’t have to use this list any time soon, but we also hope that you will print it out and keep it handy. If the time should come when you need it, we hope this list can provide some comfort and guidance.

Remember, you don’t have to go through this experience alone. If you do find yourself in need of this checklist, or if you want to prepare yourself and your family just in case, feel free to reach out to us at Brian M. Douglas & Associates. We are always here to help.