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Our Helpful Information | Shaffer Funeral Home In San Angelo, TX
When A Death Occurs
The time immediately following the death of a loved one can be days of intense sorrow and emotional stress. The Funeral Director may act as an advisor on many of the immediate problems; he/she has the knowledge and experience to relieve a family of needless worry.
Capturing the Personality of Your Loved One
Display personal items or bits and pieces of their favorite hobby.
Select flowers that hold special meaning or memories.
Create a theme that is significant to the interests of your loved one such as:
For a veteran, displaying the uniform, a photo of him or her in the service, the American flag, medals or other memorabilia
For someone interested in crafts, it could include artwork, needlepoint, a quilt or afghan, or other pieces he or she created
Ranching or Farming theme
Fishing or hunting theme
Personalized merchandise, such as:
Memorial Folders or Prayer Cards
Video Memorial tribute for viewing at the visitation, funeral service and/or memorial service
Allow children to write a letter or draw a picture. Their goodbyes can then be placed in the casket.
The Death Certificate
The Funeral Director files the death certificate with the State and obtains the burial permit. Certified copies of the death certificate may be required as proof of death in settling claims. Additional copies may be obtained for a nominal charge.
The funeral home is required by law to notify social security of every death that occurs. We suggest that you contact their office, with the first contact being by a phone call with in 7 to 10 days of the death date. Whereby, they can tell you what documents that you will need to bring into the office or they may be able to help you over the phone.
IF THERE IS A WILL, the deceased is said to have died “Testate”… the executor must file the will with the Probate Court within the time prescribed by statute and proceed with probate and distribution of the estate. The services of an attorney are advisable.
IF THERE IS NOT A WILL, but there is property, the deceased is said to have died “Interstate”… an administrator is appointed by the Probate Court and the estate is distributed according to the State Statute of Descent and Distribution.
In either case, an attorney should be consulted.
U.S. Veteran’s Benefits
Anyone who was a member of the military at the time of death, or honorably discharged from the military, is subject to a number of benefits which should be investigated.
The following veteran’s benefits should be checked:
Pension to widow and minor children.
Partial reimbursement of funeral expenses.
Burial in a national cemetery.
Burial flag and grave marker.
Some states may have additional benefits. Check the local Veteran’s Administration.
Documentation required for benefits:
Copy of Death Certificate.
Veteran’s Discharge Papers (DD-214).
Itemized funeral bill receipt.
Birth Certificates of Minor Children.
Veteran’s benefits information is available from a Funeral Director, a Veteran’s Office or forms may be obtained from the Veteran’s Administration, Washington, DC 21230.
Veterans’ Life Insurance claims should be made at the same office where other benefits are applied for.
Estate and Gift Taxes
If the assets left by the deceased exceed certain minimums, the estate may be subject to Federal and/or State Inheritance taxes. An attorney will answer specific questions.
The services of an attorney are advisable in ALL real estate matters.
All policies (even those that have lapsed) should be examined, seeking any extended coverage. Any survivors’ life insurance policies which name the deceased as a beneficiary should be changed.
The survivor of joint bank accounts can usually withdraw from the account without legal procedure. In large estates there may be federal and state taxes requiring releases from government officials. A bank account solely in the decedent’s name may require probate action or consent to transfer from a government agency. For small amounts, some banks have forms which permit payment of the balance toward funeral expenses if no other assets require probate. Consult an attorney concerning the legalities of a survivor withdrawing from a joint account.
Safety Deposit Box
When a death occurs, a safety deposit box provides the tight security the name implies. A safety deposit box held jointly or in the deceased’s sole name, will be sealed until a county, state or bank official can take inventory. The bank must know date of death, interest of person making inquiry, whether the key is available and whether the box was rented in the deceased’s sole name or jointly with others. Consult the bank and an attorney regarding legal matters.
If the deceased was sole owner of a titled automobile vehicle or trailer, it is part of the state. Transfer of title information can be obtained from the local license bureau.