After the death of a family member, there are some important steps that you need to take. First of all, you need to plan a funeral and a viewing. These can be combined into one event if you would like. Most people have two, though, inviting friends and co-workers to the viewing and then keeping the funeral for just the family. Either way, there is a lot of planning that needs to go into renting out a hall, buying a casket, decorating, and planning what type of ceremony you are going to have. This can be hard for grieving family members to think about, but it still has to be planned in just a few days.
Next, you have to plan a burial. Does the person already own a burial plot? If so, you need to talk to the right people to authorize the use of that plot. If they do not have one, you may have to buy one for them. You may then have to hire gravediggers and talk to a priest if you want to have a burial ceremony. Your other option – and the person may have specified what they want in their will – is to have them cremated. In this case, you have to talk to the owner of a crematorium, rather than a graveyard.
After all of these ceremonies have been taken care of, you need to consider all of the things that the person left behind. They probably said in their will what they wanted to be done with most of their possessions. For example, they could have left certain items – a classic car, for example – to people who would care about them, while splitting up their money evenly and distributing the cash to children and grandchildren.
If there are any concerns about what is going to be done with the items listed in the will, you may need to contact a lawyer who specializes in probate NSW can provide. He or she will be able to help you sort through everything to make sure that the items are given out in the correct fashion. Remember, distributing possessions can sometimes cause arguments between family members who want the same things or who feel like they were not given what they deserved. If it is hard to work it out on your own, a lawyer can stand in the middle and help.