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The death of a spouse or another family member will probably have a major impact on your financial situation. But with a little planning, you should be able to avoid a lot of the negative consequences and get through this difficult time.
Your spouse or family member may have prepared a Personal Record (PDF, 186 KB) and a Quick Reference (PDF, 36 KB) to make it easier to settle their estate. But, you'll still have to inform people and organizations about their death. You'll need to contact:
Keep in mind that all of the deceased's accounts – including joint accounts – may be frozen until the estate has been settled.
Depending on your situation, you may be able to contact the executor of the estate directly if you know each other.
What to do when someone has died – Canada Revenue Agency
Personal Loss - Service Canada
Was the deceased a DFS client?