Settling an Estate

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What Tax Returns Must The Executor File?

An overview of all the tax returns the executor might need to file on behalf of the deceased person or the estate.

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Estimating the Value of Inherited Real Estate

When passing along real estate, the executor must value the property appropriately.

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How Transfer-on-Death Beneficiaries Claim Vehicles

If a car or truck was registered using a TOD form, probate won't be necessary. The beneficiary usually just needs a title and I.D.

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Opening a Bank Account for Estate Funds

To collect the deceased person's cash assets and to have a way to pay the bills, you'll need a bank account for estate funds. Here's how it works.

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Accepted the Job of Executor? Make It Easier On Yourself

If you know ahead of time that you'll be serving as the executor of a will, you can take steps now to make settling the estate go much more smoothly.

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Executors: Keep Beneficiaries Informed

One of the most important jobs for an executor is to keep beneficiaries in the loop as you work to settle the estate.

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Files the Executor Must Find and Protect

As executor, you'll probably find what you need by combing through the paperwork left behind. Here's what to look for and where to find it.

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Executors: How Do You Find The Will?

What if you're not even sure there IS a will? Here are some tips on how to conduct your search.

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Who Can Serve as Executor? Legal Restrictions

Ultimately, state courts are in charge of who they allow to serve as executor of a will - at least in their probate courts.

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Claiming Inherited Property With a Sworn Affidavit

If it's available in your circumstances, one great substitute for probate is for inheritors to claim property with a simple sworn statement, or affida...

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Claiming Money From a Payable-on-Death Bank Account

When the owner of a payable-on-death account dies, the POD beneficiary can simply claim the money from the bank.

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What If The Beneficiary of a Will Has Died?

The will may provide instructions for what happens if a beneficiary predeceases the will-maker, but if it doesn't, state law determines who inherits.

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Executors: Ordering Certified Death Certificates

If you’re the executor or administrator of an estate, you’re going to need copies of the deceased person’s death certificate.

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The Executors First Tasks Following a Death

Here's a list that can help you get organized in the hectic and difficult time after a loved one's death.

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Who Gets a Group Inheritance When One Member Has Died?

When an inheritance is left to a group and one member is no longer living - for example a "member" child of a "group" of children - it can be confusin...

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The Executor's Responsibility to Manage Estate Property

The executor is charged with keeping estate property safe and secure until it's turned over to the beneficiaries.

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Can the Executor Be Removed?

Can you "fire" the executor? A court can always remove an executor who is dishonest or seriously incompetent.

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Do I Receive Payment for Serving as Executor?

Being a conscientious executor takes a lot of time and effort. Should you get paid for taking on the job? State law typically provides for payment of ...

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How To Determine if a Will is Valid

It isn't usually hard to tell whether or not a will meets your state's legal requirements for validity. Here's what to look for.

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What Are The Executor's Duties?

Here’s a summary of what you’ll be doing when you serve as an executor.

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Should You Be an Executor?

Whether you should serve depends on your individual situation as well as the general demands of the executor's job.

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How to Read a Will

It's not always easy going, so here's a guide to help you through the will.

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