The Executor's Job

Learn about the role of the executor and their duties here.

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Most of us, at one time or another, must take on the responsibility of wrapping up the affairs of a loved one who has died--a spouse, parent, or close friend. If you find yourself in this position, you may not know where to start or where to get help. If you're grieving, it can all seem like too much.

The good news is that information and help are readily available. The material below can point you in the right direction. Many probate courts now also publish very useful information, forms, and instructions online. And if you need help from a professional--a lawyer, accountant, or appraiser, for example--you can use estate funds to hire one.

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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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