RESOURCES


RESOURCES

Social Security Administration

To report a death, or to file for Survivors' Benefits, visit the Social Security Administration's page on Survivors' Benefits.

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Veterans' Affairs

From planning a burial or memorial service to applying for VA Survivor Benefits, the Department of Veteran's Affairs offers comprehensive online resources.

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Information on Burials & Memorials >>

AARP Checklist: When a Loved One Dies

When a loved one dies, you might face the overwhelming responsibility of closing out the person's life. There are many things to attend to, from providing a proper tribute to closing bank accounts to canceling a gym membership. And many of the tasks require attention to detail — adding stress to what is already a pretty emotional time.

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Meals on Wheels

At the core of the Meals on Wheels service is a nutritious meal, companionship and a watchful eye on the health and safety of seniors.

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Compassionate Friends

Through a network of over 600 chapters with locations in all 50 states, as well as Washington DC, Puerto Rico, and Guam, The Compassionate Friends has been providing support to bereaved families after the death of a child for four decades.

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How Do I Notify Credit Reporting Agencies of a Loved One’s Death?

Immediately contact all three national credit reporting agencies by telephone to report the death: Experian (888-397-3742), Equifax (800-685-1111) and TransUnion (800-888-4213). Request the credit report is flagged as “Deceased. Do Not Issue Credit”. Follow up with a written correspondence to each agency sent via certified mail.

Click HERE to download a fillable PDF to send to Credit Bureaus- Administrator of an Estate
Click HERE to download a fillable PDF to send to Credit Bureaus- Executor of an Estate
Click HERE to download a fillable PDF to send to Credit Bureaus- Executrix of an Estate

Be sure to retain a copy for your records. The correspondence should include your loved one’s name, most recent address, social security number, birth date, date of death and a copy of the death certificate. You should also include your name, contact information and relationship to your loved one. If you are the court-appointed representative of the estate, you should also include proof of your court appointment. If you are the surviving spouse, include a copy of your marriage certificate. After consulting your attorney, use the following sample letter to notify the credit reporting agencies of death.


May I obtain a copy of my loved one's Credit Report?

EXPERIAN

You can obtain a copy of the deceased’s credit report by mailing a request in writing along with a copy of the death certificate to Experian, P.O. Box 4500, Allen, TX 75013. Unless you are the surviving spouse, you will also need to send proof that you are authorized to act on behalf of the individual, such as a copy of a legal document with a court seal indicating you are the executor of the estate.


EQUIFAX

You can obtain a copy of the deceased’s credit report by mailing a request in writing along with a copy of the death certificate to Equifax, P.O. Box 105788, Atlanta, GA 30348. Unless you are the surviving spouse, you will also need to send proof that you are authorized to act on behalf of the individual, such as a copy of a legal document with a court seal indicating you are the executor of the estate.


TransUnion

You can obtain a copy of the deceased’s credit report by mailing a request in writing along with a copy of the death certificate to TransUnion, P.O. Box 2000, Chesterfield, PA 19016. Unless you are the surviving spouse, you will also need to send proof that you are authorized to act on behalf of the individual, such as a copy of a legal document with a court seal indicating you are the executor of the estate.