When a Loved One Dies
Below you will find links to resources that provide information about what to do when a loved one dies. You'll find information like a widow's checklist and how to pay the debts of a loved one. You can also find forms for notifying the proper agencies. Additionally, you can find information on how to seek aid from a lawyer, if needed. Some areas of the state have more information than others. You may wish to look at information from other areas in addition to your own.
When A Loved One Dies
If your relative has died, you may receive calls from a debt collector regarding unpaid debts. This resource from the Federal Trade Commission provides helpful information about who is responsible for those debts and what to do.
This resource from the Social Security Administration provides information about Survivors Benefits.
If you have issues with your pension, the Mid-America Pension Rights Project may be able to help. Follow the link above to find more information about their services.
A VA Survivors Pension offers monthly payments to qualified surviving spouses and unmarried dependent children of wartime Veterans who meet certain income and net worth limits set by Congress. Click on the link above to find out if you qualify and how to apply.
You can order a death certificate in person, by mail, or online. Find out how to do so from the Tennessee Department of Health.
This site provides information as to how you change the title and registration of a car to the surviving spouse's Name
If you are in Tennessee, the website, Free Legal Answers, allows you to ask a lawyer for help with a legal issue at no cost. It is fast and easy, and all you need is a computer. This is a FREE service for people who cannot afford a lawyer.
How it works:
- You will answer a few questions to see if you qualify for their service. If you qualify, you will have the option to create an account.
- If you are eligible, you can ask their volunteer attorneys a non-criminal legal question.
- Once your question receives a response, you will get an email. You will need to sign into the website to read your response and ask any additional questions.
Visit https://tn.freelegalanswers.org/ to sign up.
The Statewide Directory provides information regarding Legal Aid Attorneys and other agencies by county in Tennessee.
Still need assistance? Please speak to a librarian at your local library. They may have additional resources to assist you.