When a loved one of yours passes away, you have more considerations in the modern age than people had in the past. The digital age has brought with it a range of different concerns that people need to think about, plan for and watch out for.
One of the most troubling things that you should keep track of when a loved one passes away is your loved one’s identity and credit. Identity theft does not stop when someone passes away. It’s actually easier for thieves to steal the identities of the deceased because the families do not think to check credit reports. The consequence of not paying attention is that the estate can pick up creditors it does not know it has. While that can normally be sorted out eventually, it’s not fun, quick or easy to do so. You need to guard your deceased relatives’ identities just as much as you would if they were still alive. Executors should continue to monitor Social Security Numbers at least until the estate is entirely settled.
Do not let your relatives be victims of Identity theft when they are no longer alive to protect themselves. They are relying on you to protect them. Make sure that you do.
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