Kinds of Property in the Estate

Tips and information that will help you handle common kinds of estate assets.

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It's all well and good to understand the rules of probate, and taxes, and all the other aspects of being an executor. (In fact, it's essential.) But sometimes it's easier to just start by looking at each of the different kinds of assets you find yourself dealing with: cars, houses, heirlooms, savings bonds, boats, cash stuffed in a drawer...

Here are some tips and information that will help you start to handle certain common kinds of assets. Good news: you can turn over certain items, and the responsibility to claim others, to beneficiaries right away. Others, unfortunately, may be in your charge until probate proceedings wind to a halt.

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