The Complete Executor s Guidebook

Author: Benjamin Berkley
Publisher: Sphinx Publishing
ISBN: 9781572486041
Format: PDF, Kindle
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A Step-By-Step Guide to Settling a Loved One's Estate You?ve lost someone close to you, and now you?ve been named the executor of the estate. What does that entail? What does that even mean? The Complete Executor's Guidebook takes you step-by-step through the confusing probate process from start to finish. This book explains everything you need to know to successfully serve as an executor of an estate in a simple, easy-to-understand way. --I?m not a lawyer. What do all of these words mean? --Do I have to be the executor of an estate if I?m named, or can I turn it down? --What exactly does an executor have to do? --What if I make a mistake? --Can I get in trouble? --How long will the entire process take? --Will I get paid for being an executor? --What if there is something wrong with the will? --What if there isn?t a will at all? The Complete Executor's Guidebook will help you through the entire process and keep you from making some very costly mistakes. This is the best book to give you the legal support you need at a time when you need it the most. ?This easy to read, well-organized and practical guide for executors is...written from personal experience by an estate planning attorney who knows his stuff.? -John Palmer, Host, The Prudent Advisor, Retirement Living Television and former news anchor, The Today Show

The Executor s Handbook

Author: Theodore E. Hughes
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1626364214
Format: PDF, ePub
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Presents a comprehensive guide for readers who need help understanding the basics of the procedures that settle an estate.

The Complete Guide to Trust and Estate Management

Author: Gerald Shaw
Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Company
ISBN: 1601382014
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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One of the most critical decisions a person must make when crafting a will or establishing a trust is whom to name as executor or trustee. Being chosen for these important jobs is an honor, and you must know how to perform the tasks correctly. With the help of this new book, The Complete Guide to Trust and Estate Management, you will understand the complex process of carrying out a person s final wishes. This book will provide insight whether you are a lawyer, accountant, financial consultant, spouse, adult child, relative, or friend; the simple, easy to understand language makes this book accessible to everyone. You will become familiar with many estate and trust management terms, such as beneficiary, probate, remaindermen, trust agreement, trust property, trustor, and trustee. In addition, you will learn the many duties and responsibilities of an executor, including the disbursement of property to the beneficiaries, collecting and arranging for the payment of debts, approving and disproving creditors claims, calculating taxes, filing forms, assisting the estate attorney, acting as the representative of the estate, inventorying and appraising the assets, and acting in the best interests of the deceased. After reading this book, you will know how to initiate probate; how to preserve the value of the estate; how to notify beneficiaries; how to send notices to the post office, banks, utilities, and credit card companies; how to file for Social Security, civil service, and veteran benefits; how to file tax returns; and how to file state death and federal estate tax returns. As executor, you will be responsible for settling the deceased person s estate and as trustee, you will be responsible for holding and administering the trust assets in the best interests of the trust s beneficiaries. Using this book as a guide, you can be assured that you will be prepared to properly perform the necessary duties entrusted to you. Atlantic Publishing is a small, independent publishing company based in Ocala, Florida. Founded over twenty years ago in the company president's garage, Atlantic Publishing has grown to become a renowned resource for non-fiction books. Today, over 450 titles are in print covering subjects such as small business, healthy living, management, finance, careers, and real estate. Atlantic Publishing prides itself on producing award winning, high-quality manuals that give readers up-to-date, pertinent information, real-world examples, and case studies with expert advice. Every book has resources, contact information, and web sites of the products or companies discussed.

The Complete Guide to Planning Your Estate in Michigan

Author: Linda C. Ashar
Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Company
ISBN: 1601384327
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Presents an introduction to estate planning, offering information on such topics as wills, legal aspects, probate, trusts, taxes, insurance, and retirement money for the state of Michigan.

The Complete Guide to Planning Your Estate in Texas

Author: Linda C. Ashar
Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Company
ISBN: 1601384262
Format: PDF, Kindle
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What happens to your estate after you are gone is very much within your control. Estate planning is not only for the wealthy; it is for everyone. It is simply the process of deciding where your assets are to be distributed after your death. For those people who wish to preserve their assets for designated purposes — such as family or special charities — it becomes necessary to make special advance preparations. To ensure your assets are protected and final wishes are carried out, there are some common actions that should be taken now. Proper estate planning allows you to plan for yourself and your loved ones without giving up control of your affairs. Your estate plan should also allow for the possibility of your own disability. It should detail what you own and whom you want to leave it to at a time of your choosing and the way you want. Your estate plan should include fully disclosed, controlled costs for you and your loved ones. The last thing you want to worry about is having your estate drained of value through taxes and legal costs. The right plan can protect the value of your estate and spare your loved ones unnecessary hassles and legal conflicts. The Complete Guide to Planning Your Estate in Texas will help you glide through this complicated process. This new book has been adapted to offer Texas residents state-specific advice for estate planning. Author Linda C. Ashar, Attorney at Law, has crafted an estate planning primer, allowing Texas residents to become more informed and more involved during the process. Many books on estate planning indicate you do not need the services of an attorney, but this book highly recommends using an attorney versed in this area: You should not go through the process alone. This book is intended explain the complicated issues, terminology, and planning strategies of estate planning so when you do meet with a qualified attorney, you will be well prepared. You will understand the legal terms and be ready to discuss issues and strategies with familiarity, saving you time and legal fees and ensuring peace of mind. Texas -specific information is offered throughout this book, including: Texas’s probate code; Texas rules, regulations, and laws specific to estate planning; elements of a valid Texas will; planning your living will in Texas; explanations of Texas laws regarding durable health care power of attorneys, do not resuscitate (DNR) orders, and directives to withhold CPR. The book’s easy-to-understand context clarifies this complicated and sensitive subject and gives readers the power to take control of their future. This book also offers an overview of abatement rules, settlement costs, guardianship and minor children, executors and trustees, life insurance, potential long-term care needs, marital deductions, types of trusts, gift splitting, survivorship deeds, 529 plans, reducing or eliminating estate taxes, avoiding tax on life insurance, using insurance to pay estate taxes, gift tax issues, generation skipping transfer tax, and tax-deferred accounts. Estate planning should be a positive experience. It involves reviewing your situation and planning for your future. Although few people want to think about the possibility of disability or disease, advance planning is also a way to show your love and to reduce potential distress later. Other books offer a non-state-specific overview of estate planning, causing many readers to be misinformed about rules and regulations particular to their state; but, this new book provides information Texas residents need to know. Do not get outdated or wrong information that does not pertain to you specifically. Use this new book to craft an estate plan that is not only legally sound but also fully carries out your last wishes and protects your loved ones.

The Complete Guide to Planning Your Estate in Massachusetts

Author: Linda C. Ashar
Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Company
ISBN: 1601384394
Format: PDF, Kindle
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What happens to your estate after you are gone is very much within your control. Estate planning is not only for the wealthy; it is for everyone. It is simply the process of deciding where your assets are to be distributed after your death. For those people who wish to preserve their assets for designated purposes --- such as family or special charities --- it becomes necessary to make special advance preparations. The right plan can protect the value of your estate and spare your loved ones unnecessary hassles and legal conflicts. The Complete Guide to Planning Your Estate In Massachusetts will help you glide through this complicated process. This new book has been adapted to offer Massachusetts residents state-specific advice for estate planning. Author Linda C. Ashar, attorney at law, has crafted an estate-planning primer, allowing Massachusetts residents to become more informed and more involved during the process. Massachusetts-specific information is offered throughout this book, including Massachusetts' probate code; Massachusetts rules, regulations, and laws specific to estate planning; elements of a valid Massachusetts will; planning your living will in Massachusetts; and explanations of Massachusetts laws regarding durable health care power of attorney, do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders, and directives to withhold CPR. This book's easy-to-understand context clarifies this complicated and sensitive subject and gives readers the power to take control of their futures.

The Complete Guide to Wealth Preservation and Estate Planning

Author: Jonathan G. Blattmachr
Publisher: Regnery Publishing
ISBN: 9780895262547
Format: PDF
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The Complete Guide to Wealth Preservation and Estate Planning is written for everyone from families to financial planners, lawyers, accountants, insurance underwriters, security and investment advisors and business owners.