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What Makes For a Good Funeral?

What Makes For a Good Funeral?

A funeral service isn’t something any of us would usually think of as “good”. 

The death of a loved one is one of the most emotionally difficult and devastating events one can experience and we, of course, never want to face the possibility of such an incident occurring. Losing a loved one at some point however, is unfortunately a fact of life. When an event of this nature occurs, it is important that we give our loved one a proper send off, paying homage to them in a beautiful and meaningful way, rather than in a way that fails to honor them fittingly. Therefore, you can say that a “good” funeral is one that memorializes your loved one in a way that ideally suits them, turning what is otherwise a usually somber occasion into a ceremony filled with meaning that also uplifts those in attendance. 

We believe when there is thought, love and care put into a funeral service, it can become an opportunity to rightfully honor a loved one that has passed away, celebrate the life and legacy they led, and cherish all loved ones and friends in attendance. We are by no means referring to a funeral service as good because of how extravagant or entertaining it was. However, we are speaking of a funeral service that is memorable, welcoming, compassionate, heartwarming, full of love and even hope, and ultimately worthy of the one being honored.

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What Do You Do if A Loved One Dies Due to a Car Accident?

What Do You Do if A Loved One Dies Due to a Car Accident?

Roads worldwide are shared by cars, buses, trucks, motorcycles, mopeds, pedestrians, animals, taxis, and other travelers. Unfortunately, each year, vehicles are involved in crashes that are responsible for millions of deaths. 

After a loved one passes away due to a car accident, whether he or she immediately dies or eventually passes due to fatal injuries later on, family members of the deceased can be subjected to a great deal of stress. Grieving the loss of their loved one, handling funeral and burial arrangements, as well as dealing with medical bills are just a few major concerns families can be faced with. Whether the person who passed was responsible for the accident or not, there may also be legal concerns added on to the family members’ plates.

It can be overwhelming to know what to do after an event of such nature occurs. We put together this guide to help surviving family members and loved ones better understand how to navigate the situation in which a loved one dies due to a car accident. 

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A Basic Guide to Understanding Probate

A Basic Guide to Understanding Probate

When a loved one passes away, the last thing anyone wants to deal with is a drawn-out, complex legal and financial process. However, that often is what happens when a grieving family is faced with the probate process.

Common issues that arise can be stressful and frustrating. Who takes charge of a will after a person dies? What happens if a person dies without a will? Is there any way to avoid probate altogether?

We’ve put together this guide to help you gain a better understanding of the probate process, and to make it easier to navigate the distribution of a loved one’s estate and assets after their passing.

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A Guide to Suing an Employer After a Work Injury or Death

A Guide to Suing an Employer After a Work Injury or Death

Every year millions of people suffer injury or illness on the job. In 2019, an estimated 2.8 million non-fatal and 5,333 fatal workplace injuries occurred.  

Accidents happen. Falls, burns, breaks, and even more extensive injuries can take place on the job site. No matter what happens or how it happens, your employer’s Workers’ Compensation Insurance should be able to cover you. 

However, there are other times in which you or a loved one sustained a grievous injury at a worksite in which you may wonder if you can bring an action against the employer. You may be questioning what types of situations would qualify for you to potentially sue an employer. We put together this guide to help you explore your options regarding a work injury or death. 

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7 Tips For Cleaning Out a Loved One’s House After Their Death

7 Tips For Cleaning Out a Loved One’s House After Their Death

The passing of a loved one is already a very emotionally challenging time. Now, add on end-of-life logistics of cleaning up their house and other decisions that can get added to your plate, and it can all seem even more overwhelming. 

Handling an estate cleanout can be a demanding task, but you don’t have to do it alone. We’ve laid out 7 helpful tips for cleaning out your loved one’s home after their passing to help make the process a little less stressful and more manageable. 

Navigating The Cleanup Process

It’s important to know that taking on the task of cleaning out a loved one’s estate can be an emotional task. So be mindful of how you are feeling. If it feels like it’s too much to take on, ask for help from family, friends, or professionals.

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5 Steps to Take Before Suing a Relative Over an Estate Dispute

5 Steps to Take Before Suing a Relative Over an Estate Dispute

Unfortunately, after a parent dies, sibling disputes can sometimes erupt when it’s time to divide up the estate’s assets. Arguments can also occur between other family members who might feel entitled to the deceased’s assets. If these conflicts aren’t resolved quickly, they can result in drawn-out and expensive legal actions. 

Therefore, there are some important things you should consider before suing a family member over estate disputes that may help you avoid taking the matter unnecessarily into legal action. We have put together a basic guide to help you navigate this complicated time and to help you decide on what would be best for you and your family.

What Exactly is An Estate?

According to Wikipedia, an estate is defined as “the sum of a person’s assets – legal rights, interests and entitlements to property of any kind – less all liabilities at that time.” 

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Nursing Home Abuse: What You Need to Know

Nursing Home Abuse: What You Need to Know

It’s an unfortunate fact, but nursing abuse happens and causes senior Americans devastating harm and suffering every year. According to the Government Accountability office, there are a staggeringly high amount of nursing home abuse cases throughout the U.S. Choosing to place your loved one in a nursing home is an emotionally difficult and challenging decision, and you expect that your loved one will be provided with the proper care and treatment he or she deserves. However, this is not always the case, and your loved one could become a victim of nursing home abuse due to a variety of factors. 

If your loved one was the victim of nursing home abuse, you and your loved one may be eligible to receive compensation for the damages and suffering your loved one was subject to. You may be wondering where you stand in the situation, and not sure exactly who should be sued for the damages your loved one endured. 

In this article we will cover what nursing home neglect is, the different forms it can show up as, why it can happen, as well as how to navigate bringing an action against the right individuals or people to help you gain the compensation you or your loved one may deserve. 

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What’s the Difference Between a Wake, Viewing, and Funeral?

What’s the Difference Between a Wake, Viewing, and Funeral?

When a friend, colleague, or family member passes away, it is only natural that you would want to express your condolences and pay your respects. There are different kinds of formal gatherings or ceremonies that are held to honor the deceased. Besides a funeral service, some families choose to hold a wake or viewing as well.

To pay tribute to the deceased, you may feel that you should attend at least one of these services, but not sure which of them you should necessarily attend. You may also be wondering what you should expect at each of these kinds of ceremonies, and what they each entail.

We will break down the differences between a wake, viewing and a funeral to help you prepare for each of these ceremonies, offer insight into the role each plays in honoring the deceased, as well as help you decide which of them you should attend.

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What is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit and Do I Qualify for One?

What is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit and Do I Qualify for One?

Coping with the loss of a loved one is always difficult. When the loss occurred as a result of negligence or a wrongful act by someone else, the pain can be that much more devastating as well as lead to grievous losses incurred by the surviving family members. If your loved one was the victim of a harmful act on behalf of the negligence of someone else that led to his or her death, you may be entitled to compensation for the damages.

In this article we will discuss what a wrongful death lawsuit is and entails to help you determine if you and your deceased loved one qualify for a wrongful death lawsuit. 

What is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit? 

A wrongful death lawsuit is a lawsuit that is brought on the behalf of an individual who died as a result of the wrongful act of another. The lawsuit is brought to action as a means of recovery to gain compensation for the decedent’s surviving loved ones who incurred damages and losses due to his or her death. The kinds of circumstances that may lead to the wrongful death of another in wrongful death claims are cases that involve medical malpractice, product liability cases or even car accidents. 

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When Is the Best Time to Hold a Funeral Service?

When Is the Best Time to Hold a Funeral Service?

When a loved one passes away, one of the most common questions that comes up is when is the best time to hold funeral services for them. The answer will of course depend on a variety of different factors depending on the family’s religious affiliations, the wishes of the decedent, the availability of your funeral director as well as other family circumstances.

According to sources, the average duration of time between death and funeral is from under 10 days to over three weeks. However, funeral services can even take place as quickly as the same day of death or next day. It is important that you and your family choose the best time to arrange a funeral service for your loved one that best aligns with you and your family’s needs to enable you to create a meaningful memorialization experience that honors the memory and life of your loved one. We understand this is a sensitive topic so we wanted to address this question to help families navigate this delicate and difficult time.

Religious Considerations

Certain religions abide by specific guidelines in regards to holding funeral services for their deceased loved ones. For instance in the Jewish religion, it is believed that the deceased should be buried within 1 day of their death. Muslims also believe that burial should be done quickly and for this reason, they do not embalm the deceased. If the family of the deceased observes a specific religion, they may take that into consideration when planning the funeral service to be in accordance with their beliefs surrounding death, burial, funerals and memorialization services.

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