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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Canada Bereavement Registry

I received an email advising me about a service called the Canada Bereavement Registry. Apparently it's a service that ends unwanted mail and phone calls to a deceased person. Check out their webpage by clicking here

I hadn't heard of it before and therefore cannot vouch for it personally. However, I always like to pass on information about potential resources for executors and families. Have any readers used it, and if so, do you have any comments - positive or negative - to pass on to the rest of us?

I would caution executors to be careful about putting any blanket "no mail" directive in place. Some of the mail coming to the deceased is essential for the executor to see, such as notices from CRA, bank statements, and credit card bills. The executor needs the information on such mail in order to ensure that he or she has captured all assets and debts of the estate. I always advise executors to put in a change of address request at the post office so that the deceased's mail goes to the executor. 

Perhaps it would be convenient to use a "no mail" directive later on, once the estate has been administered. 

Each year, more and more communication goes online, so the need to re-direct mail is diminishing. For those who don't like to use electronic communications, it is currently still an issue.

Though it is called the "Canada" registry, it does not appear to be affiliated with any government agency

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