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.