Dealing with Debts of the Estate

Guidance on how to cope with the expenses that you'll face as executor of an estate.

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Bills, big and small, can pour in after a loved one's death. As the executor, you're responsible for paying them--but there are some debts you may sensibly decide not to pay. And if there's not enough money to go around, you must be careful to follow state law when you decide who gets paid and who is out of luck.

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The Executor's Guide

The Executor's Guide

Settle an estate or trust with this all-in-one guide for executors. The Executor's Guide will help you make progress one step at a time through the unfamiliar land of legal procedures and terminology.


The Trustee's Legal Companion

The Trustee's Legal Companion

Learn the ins and outs of being a trustee with this guide for every trust administrator. The Trustee’s Legal Companion shows you exactly how to proceed within the terms of the trust and your state's law.


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