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Loss of a Spouse


  • Organizing your finances when your spouse has died

    Losing your spouse is difficult enough, and still you must organize your finances and settle the estate. Ask those close to you for help, and contact your attorney and other financial professionals. For information on applying for benefits, call life insurance companies, government agencies, and your spouse's employer. You may want to set up one system for filing important documents, and another for recording incoming and outgoing calls and mail. Also, evaluate your short-term income and expenses, but put off making any major decisions until you can do so with reason, not emotion.