Good point. If you have nobody, then nobody is going to notify any newspaper that you are dead. A paid executor likely won't, either. Your name would eventually turn up in Social Security death index, but even they need to be notified (your paid executor would do that).
Even people who have "somebody" don't necessarily get an obituary, just as neither of my two marriages got a wedding announcement in a newspaper.
Originally Posted by cathy63
Who's writing these obits and paying to have them published? I would think that if I have someone who's close enough to take that on, then I'd be giving that person the contact info for my executor.