You will want to find out if the person left a will. The will may be with their lawyer, stored at their workplace, in their safety deposit box, or at their home. Once the will is located it may or may not go to probate in the courts to decide on its legality. The executor/executrix of the estate carries out the wishes contained in the will.
If the person dies without a will (intestate), the estate will be distributed according to the Intestate Succession Act. You may want to contact a lawyer.
If the person dies in another country, contact the office in that country for instructions on how to proceed.
The funeral director may issue copies of a Statement of Death (proof of death) that you can use in certain situations. There are some organizations, however, that may require an official Death Certificate issued by the Nova Scotia Vital Statistics Office.
The executor/executrix should contact former employers of the deceased for company pensions. The executor/executrix should also contact the following applicable offices to either find out eligibility for or to cancel benefits:
The executor/executrix must still complete an income tax form for the deceased:
You can find an accountant by looking in the yellow pages of your local phone book or by contacting one of the following associations
You can find a financial planner by looking in your local yellow pages or by contacting one of the following:
Advocis - The Canadian Association of Financial Planners
The executor/executrix should contact the person's banks and financial institutions:
The executor/executrix should contact the Department of Justice.
The executor/executrix should contact the government offices that apply:
The executor/executrix may need to look into the following:
The executor/executrix may need to contact the telephone company, electric company or cable company for any name changes or cancellations.
The executor/executrix may also need to look into the following:
The following may need to be contacted: