Post-FuneralHow to Forward or Stop Mail for a Loved One

September 5, 2019Obitia

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The United States Postal Service (USPS) will continue to deliver your loved one’s mail until they are notified of their death. To start USPS mail forwarding, you must file a request in person at your local branch. You will need legal proof of their death (a certified copy of the death certificate) as well as valid proof that you are the appointed administrator and authorized to manage the deceased person’s mail. All mail should be forwarded to the estate’s executor (What is the Probate Process?), especially any mail related to bills and account statements – this should be done as soon as possible to ensure bills do not go unpaid. You can request mail to be forwarded using a “Change of Address” form. It generally takes the USPS about 7-10 business days to process the mail forwarding request.

Periodicals will be forwarded for a period of 60 days after the form is filed, and all other mail will be forwarded for 12 months, which gives enough time for the estate to be settled, at which time you can request that USPS stops the deceased’s mail permanently.

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To stop marketing solicitations, you can visit the “Deceased Do Not Contact” registration page of the Direct Marketing Association website to stop mail from direct marketers. They are required to cease all attempted communication with someone when their name is added to this list. There is no fee for this, and within 3 months of adding their name to the list, the amount of advertising mail received should decrease.





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