Family Checklist

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Contact Social Security

Phone: 1-800-772-1213
Website: www.socialsecurity.gov

It is important to contact Social Security to see if you qualify for benefits.

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Contact Veterans Administration

Phone: 1-800-827-1000
Website: www.va.gov

Many programs and benefits are available to families of veterans.

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Contact Your Accountant / Broker

Be sure to contact your accountant or broker regarding any mutual funds, stocks, bonds, trusts, taxes, pension, and any other personal financial accounts.

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Contact Your Attorney

Your attorney can help with wills, deeds, titles, and any other legal paperwork.

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Contact Your Insurance Company

Make sure to contact your insurance company regarding any policies including life, home, auto, or any additional policies.

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Order Death Certificates

Arizona is a “Closed Record” state. That means that vital records are not public record. To protect the confidentiality of our citizens, Arizona Admin Code R9-19-405 specifies that only the following persons may receive a certified copy of a death certificate: Spouse, Immediate family members, or Attorneys representing: family members, estates, or persons with a legal interest. Applicants must be 18 or older, provide proof of relationship (birth certificate, marriage license), proof of interest (Will, Insurance policy, court order, title, or other document that establishes a legal interest in the record). Remember to sign application, provide valid government issued identification, and submit the appropriate fees.

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Bring Personal Effects to Funeral Home

Provide funeral home with clothing, jewelry, photos, or any personal belongings to be used for services.

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Order Flowers

If you wish, you can have flowers sent to the funeral home. We can provide a list of local flower shops to you if needed.

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Obituary Information

If you would like to have an obituary in the newspaper, we can submit the information for you. Simply provide us with details.