What to Do When Someone Dies in California
Steps 1-51. If the death occurs at home, you may need to contact a local police officer or coroner.
2. Notify family and friends. You may want to consider having family members contact others to save yourself some time on the phone during a stressful period.
3. If the Decedent wished, a donation of body parts and tissues should be considered.
4. If a doctor is not present, notify a doctor or coroner in order to obtain a death certificate.
5. Contact a funeral home concerning burial or cremation arrangements.
Steps 6-106. Look for instructions which the Decedent may have left regarding preferences for funeral and burial arrangements.
7. Complete funeral and burial arrangements.
8. Determine if the Decedent belonged to a burial or memorial society that may make special arrangements for the funeral, such as military honor guards.
9. Contact the Social Security Administration and any other government agencies or benefit program that may be making payments to the Decedent. (Note that the payment for the month of death will not be made by the Social Security Administration and others.)
10. Review the Decedent's financial affairs and look for any estate planning documents, such as Wills and Trusts, along with any other relevant documents, including:
Steps 11-33 To ConsiderSee the remaining items on my blog posted on April 4, 2008 at www.CaliforniaTaxAttorneyBlog.com