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 Home and Auto
The following are helpful tips and suggestions. As always, seek advice from someone you trust.
Your home:
The name of the deceased will need to be removed from the deed to your home. As well, let your mortgage company know that death has occurred.
• Make sure the deceased’s name is removed from homeowners and mortgage insurance.
• Although it may not be avoided, experts suggest that people should try not to make any hasty decisions about moving or selling their home within the first year following the death of a spouse.
• Consult with your adult children or those close to you.
• For those who have experienced the death of a spouse, the household chores and tasks ordinarily left to your husband or wife may now seem quite overwhelming to you.
• Contact your local senior resource center for referrals for home care needs.
• If you need services for lawn care, transportation or home repair, ask friends and family first for referrals. When in doubt, always ask for references.
• If you decide to move, check thoroughly into the various options available. Take a tour of senior living facilities.
• Put together a task list of items that need to be accomplished each season such as replacing batteries in smoke detectors, changing the furnace filter, putting lawn hoses away for the winter etc.
Kent County Register of Deeds 300 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 616-632-7610
Ottawa County Register of Deeds 414 Washington Ave
Grand Haven, MI 49417 616-846-8240
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