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What Needs to Happen After You're Gone

on September 16, 2012 - 5:38am

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By Paula Roybal Sánchez
Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Home Economist

Settling an estate can be difficult and time-consuming. If you have ever been in the position of trying to find all the papers and information needed at the time of death and for estate settlement, you know how much time and frustration can be involved. 

"After I’m Gone – Things to think about your Estate" is a program intended to provide you with information to make the process much easier. 

Don Davidson will present the program at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 20 at the White Rock Town Hall. He will share what he has learned going through the process of getting his affairs in order. 

Come learn what you can do to help your family handle your affairs upon your death. This free program is sponsored by the Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service, Los Alamos County Extension Association of New Mexico and the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization.

At the time of a death, there are all kinds of immediate questions:

  • Is there a will and/or trust?
  • Where are the will and trust?
  • What kind of funeral service should there be?
  • Where are the telephone numbers of relatives?
  • Who else do we need to call? 

More questions arise as estate settlement proceedings:

What bills need to be paid? 

Wasn’t there land in another state? 

Where are all the stock certificates? 

How do we divide personal belongings? 

Who gets the china and silver candlesticks? 

Was there more than one life insurance policy? 

The list goes on and on ...

For more information about "After I’m Gone – Things to think about your Estate," contact Paula Roybal Sánchez at 662-2656.

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