Reading the Will

Now that you've got the will, you'll need to understand the legal jargon.

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Okay, you've dug the will out from the bottom drawer of the desk--now what?

It's time to sit down and read the document carefully. Just in case that doesn't sound very promising, here's a guide to the clauses you're likely to find and to the some legal terms you may not be familiar with.

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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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