Legal

EstateGrid solves post-death logistics. The information covered in the Legal category provides guidance to survivors in navigating and understanding terminology and processes that occur in the legal space after a death.

One example is understanding how having a will (or not) plays a part in settling a decedent’s estate. It's common that many of the terms used in finding and understanding this information is unfamiliar to survivors.

Articles

  • Who is Considered Next of Kin When Someone Dies?

    Next of Kin signifies relations of a person who Read More

  • Where Does HIPAA Come into Play After a Death?

    The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a federal law that established the national standards to pr Read More

  • What Life Insurance Does the Decedent Have?

    After someone dies, there are numerous post-death logistics to settle the decedent’s estate. Funerals and other final expenses can be costly. One main priority after someone dies is finding out what life insurance policies, if any, the decedent had. Whi Read More

  • What is an Estate Sale?

    When a person dies, someone the decedent or a court has selected to act as their representative must settle their estate. This can be a surviving relative, friend, or an attorney. An estate comprise Read More

  • What is an Estate Administrator?

    When a person dies without a will, the court appoints an estate administrator to fulfill the responsibilities that would otherwise belong to the executor. When a person dies with a will, an executor is named and entrusted with the decedent’s obligations Read More

  • What is a Letter of Testamentary?

    A letter of testamentary is a legal document that gives the appointed executor authority to execute instructions on distributing assets and resolving post-death logistics of a decedent’s estate. Getting a letter of testamentary is an early necessary ste Read More

  • What is a Decedent?

    A decedent is a deceased person. It is used in the context of post-death logistics. The first time many people hear it used is by funeral home staff and while managing a decedent’s estate. In a legal sense, a decedent exists on paper even though they Read More

  • What if the Decedent Has No Will?

    A decedent without a will has died intestate. What's next? When a person dies without a will, state laws determine how the decedent’s assets and property will be distributed, who will raise minor children (if any), and who will be responsible for repres Read More

  • What Does an Executor Do?

    The executor is the person who is responsible for managing the decedent’s estate as outlined in the will. The executor distributes any remaining assets or property among the decedent's heirs. While it can seem like an overwhelming task, breaking down th Read More

  • What are Veterans Affairs Death Benefits?

    Veterans of the United States Military are eligible to receive many types of benefits. Most of the benefits extend throughout the veterans’ lives and some are provided after a vet’s death which benefit their survivors. Read More

  • What are Social Security Death Benefits

    The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides benefits for surviving spouses, some ex-spouses, parents, and children of people who have worked and paid into SSA for at least ten years. Besides a one-time lump-sum death payment, the SSA pays survivors Read More

  • Is Using a Funeral Home Legally Required for a Death?

    For the majority of Americans, funeral expenses can be financially devastating. Though it’s not the most frequent practice, some people opt for a home funeral instead of hiring a funeral home. Organizing a home funeral is a serious but cost-effective un Read More