On February 14, 2015

The death of a loved one can be a profoundly difficult time. While making plans to put a loved one to rest will important in the aftermath of a death, so too will be getting the decedent’s affairs in order and dealing with the administration of his estate.

Because there can be a lot to do after a loved passes away, in this three-part blog series, we will outline what to do when someone dies from an estate administration perspective. While the information herein is helpful, albeit general, the experienced Denver estate administration attorneys at JR Phillips & Associates, PC are ready to provide you with some specific professional advice during an initial consultation. Let our lawyers help you get through the aftermath of a loved one’s death as favorably and efficiently as possible.

What to Do after Someone Dies: The First Steps to Take

Knowing what to do after someone dies can be difficult, especially in the haze of grief. Here’s an overview of what to do after someone dies. Contact us for help.

Knowing what to do after someone dies can be difficult, especially in the haze of grief. Here’s an overview of what to do after someone dies. Contact us for help.

If your loved one passes away, here’s what you should in the immediate aftermath of the passing:

1 – Call the coroner

In Colorado, an official pronouncement of death has to be made by an appropriate official, such as a coroner. So, make sure you either call 911 (if you need emergency help trying to resuscitate a loved one) or contact the coroner in your county.

2 – Notify family and friends

After a pronouncement of death has been made, the next step to take will be to inform the decedent’s family and friends of his passing. While it’s recommended to delegate part of this responsibility to other loved ones (maybe by setting up a phone/calling tree), you can also get help notifying loved ones of a death in the family from the Red Cross when the decedent or a surviving loved one is in the military.

3 – Make final arrangements for your loved one

This will include both arranging for a body to be picked up and for how the loved one will be put to rest. If you are unsure of your loved one’s final wishes regarding cremation versus burial (or other aspects of his final wishes), it’s advisable to look for a will or other estate planning documents that may detail these wishes.

4 – Start preparing for the next steps

While putting your loved one to rest may be a central focus immediately after a death, dealing with the assets, debts and estate that the decedent left behind will be crucial in the following days and weeks. So, looking for estate planning documents, such as wills, can be a smart way to prepare for the next steps you may need to take after someone dies.

We’ll continue discussing what to do after someone dies in the second and third parts of this blog series that will be published soon. We welcome you to check them out!

Denver Estate Administration & Probate Attorneys at JR Phillips & Associates, PC

After a loved one passes away, you can turn to the Denver estate administration and probate lawyers at JR Phillips & Associates, PC for help with the next steps you need to take. We provide a thoughtful, comprehensive approach to our clients’ estate administration and probate needs, and we are dedicated to helping each of our clients and their families find the best resolutions for them.

Let’s talk about your situation and legal needs during an initial consultation. To schedule this meeting, call us at (303) 741-2400 or email us using the contact form at the top of this page.

From our offices in Denver, we serve clients throughout the southwest and southeast Metro Area, including (but not limited to) people in Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Castle Rock, Parker, Aurora, Greenwood Village and Englewood.

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