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Deceased man is getting certified letters to the home address

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Deceased man is getting certified letters to the home address he shared with his fiance. He died in Nov 2011. They were partners in a LLC, that was started in July 2010. The Certified letters are from the IRS (4 letters). She is wondering if she can, or should, go the the post office and sign for the letters. How can she know if they are for him personally, or relating to the LLC.
Hello and thank you for requesting me.

1) She should not sign for them unless she is the designated receiver for his estate following a probate hearing and/or the next immediate family member. She really does not have to pick up the mail.

2) Most in such a situation would either (a) write DECEASED in black marker on the envelope and and drop it back into the mail, or (b) pick it up, but then send all the letter to the IRS back with a cover letter that the individual is now deceased and no probate has been done (if this is true).

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