Summary Probate for Small Estates

This probate shortcut can save you lots of time and money.

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Almost every state offers a special probate shortcut for small estates. If the estate you're administering qualifies under your state's rules (each state has its own set of qualifications), then you'll be able to take advantage of these simpler procedures. The result? Your job as executor will be easier. Beneficiaries will be happy, too, because they'll get their inheritance sooner, with less taken out for attorney's fees and probate court costs.

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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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