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What To Do When Someone Dies: The 2022 Checklist

Losing a loved one can be incredibly difficult, both emotionally and logistically. Here is the definitive guide and checklist outlining all of the important things that need to be considered following the loss of a loved one in 2022.

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Letters Testamentary vs. Letters of Administration: Key Differences

While letters testamentary and letters of administration are often used interchangeably, they are not the same thing.

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What to Do When an Estate Is Insolvent (Not Enough Money)

An estate not being able to pay all of its debts, taxes, or inheritance to beneficiaries means it is insolvent. And when this happens, there’s an order to things.

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How to Probate a Will Without a Lawyer: 7 Short Steps

Most estates don’t need a lawyer, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t useful or necessary in many estate settlement situations.

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Can an Executor Sign Checks for the Deceased?

As the executor? Nope. On behalf of the executor, or the estate? Sometimes. Here's a guide for whether executors can sign checks for the deceased, including all the best tips and alternatives.

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20 Key Duties of an Executor (Checklist)

While there are hundreds of individual steps an executor has to take during probate and estate settlement, they can be boiled down to 20 key tasks.

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What If the Will is in a Safe Deposit Box?

You've looked everywhere and think the will may be in the safe deposit box. What in the world do you do now?

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