Arrangements after Death
Arrangements after Death

Part 3: Getting the Paperwork in Order

If plans have not already been made, you will need to arrange financial and legal matters. Decide who will be responsible for these. Follow the persons' wishes, if you know them. If there are no definite instructions for financial and legal issues, the family must make decisions taking into account the person's values, desires and what they believe he would have wanted.

Your local Alzheimer Society can advise you on what matters will need to be addressed and the variety of professionals who can help with them.

 

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Legal and Financial Matters

Lawyer, Doris Bonora walks host Liana Shannon through what needs to be done from a legal and financial perspective after death occurs. You will learn what paperwork needs to be completed immediately, the duties of the Executor, what probate is and how to deal with wrapping up the estate.

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For reflection.....

After you view the video, take a few minutes to reflect on the following questions.  Feel free to make some notes.

  • What stood out for you as important messages?
  • What will you start or continue to do in your role as a care partner?  What will you stop or do differently?

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Additional Reading

Saying Farewell: A Guide to Assist you with the Death and Dying Process: Available from http://www.seniors-housing.alberta.ca/documents/Saying-Farewell-Dying-Process-Guide.pdf

Being an Executor in Alberta: Available from http://p.b5z.net/i/u/10086419/f/BeingAPersonalRepresentative.pdf

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To continue your learning experience, move ahead to Session 14 to understand the grieving process and how to recognize grief. You'll find out how grief can affect you throughout your journey as a care partner and you'll discover strategies to get the support you need to take care of yourself.