Taking Care of Estate Property

Here's how to keep estate assets safe until it's time to turn them over to beneficiaries.

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As executor, your job isn't to take the deceased person's assets and develop a long-term management or investment strategy. Instead, you need to keep all the property in the estate, from investment accounts to heirlooms to cars, safe and sound until you can hand the assets over to the people who inherit them.

Your duties will probably last at least a few months, and possibly a year or more. But once you've secured everything, you may not have too many ongoing tasks.

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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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