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After the Funeral - What to Do with a Deceased Person's Estate, Assets, and Debts

After the death of a loved one, often family members are barely over their mourning when the letters and notice from creditors and hospitals start pouring in. Families are often left with the question of what to do with the deceased person’s assets and personal property. Often the deceased person ...

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Facebook Introduces the Option of a Legacy Contact

Facebook is a place to share and connect with friends and family. For many of us, it’s also a place to remember and honor those we’ve lost. When a person passes away, their account can become a memorial of their life, friendships and experiences.

Facebook has introduced a new feature that ...

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Closing Bank and Financial Accounts After Death

When a death occurs in the family, aside from the emotional turmoil, family members and living loved ones are also faced with the problem of legal issues, especially pertaining to open financial accounts. So how do you close a bank account or a credit card account of someone who has ...

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What Happens to Debt When Someone Dies?

Q. What happens with outstanding debt after the death of the borrower? Will spouse, children, parents, or next of kin be responsible for it?

A. In short, if the deceased possesses debt after death, it is their estate that is responsible for the payment of creditors. Family and relatives are ...

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FTC proposes new guidelines for collecting debt from dead people

By Ylan Q. Mui for the Washington Post

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Federal Trade Commission is seeking to revise the protocol surrounding two of life's touchiest subjects: debt and death.

Debt collection has become an increasingly controversial practice as more Americans default on loan payments. Government data show the ...

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Credit Card Debt That Outlives Mom

By  for the New York Times

MARCH 10, 2011 8:00 AM March 10, 2011 8:00 am

Following a recent post on the rising levels of credit card debt among the elderly, several readers raised an important question: What happens when borrowers die? Do they take their credit ...

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Dying With Debt: Will Your Children Inherit Your Obligations?

By Jim T. Miller, Syndicated columnist, NBC Today contributor and creator of SavvySenior.org

04/11/2012 03:11 pm ET | Updated Jun 11, 2012

Dear Savvy Senior
What happens to a person’s debt after they die? At age 78, I have accumulated quite a bit of credit card ...

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Online Help To Plan Your Exit Strategy | AARP May Bulletin

AARP wrote an article titled, "Online Help To Plan Your Exit Strategy," detailing online technologies that can help you plan for end of life.

The May 2014 Bulletin noted I'm Sorry to Hear (Funerals360's predecessor) as a resource to help with funeral planning and choosing a funeral home ...

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Where is Death with Dignity legal in the U.S.?

Updated 1/19/17

The Death with Dignity National Center has long been working on laws to allow the dying more control of their death and end-of-life decisions. These laws allow terminally-ill, able-minded state residents to request and receive prescription medication to hasten their death. Within the United States, Death with ...

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Cremation by Water

In a 12-minute video, TIME on YouTube explained to the audience about an increasingly popular cremation alternative. It is still cremation in the end, except instead of using fire to cremate the body, it is water. Cremation rates are rising within the U.S., and researchers expect the number to ...

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