Estate Settlement

Everything you need to know about managing, administering and settling estates
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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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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 duties.

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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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Who Needs Death Certificates When Someone Dies? Exact Number to Get

One of the first things that happens after someone passes is the signing and delivery of a death certificate. But who needs them and how many should you get? Here's the answer.

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Types of Gifts in a Will: Examples and Advice

There are four main types of gifts in a will: specific gifts, general gifts, demonstrative gifts, and residuary gifts. Here's what you should know about each.

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What Happens & Who is Responsible if a Deceased Person Owes Taxes?

The short answer is that, excluding federal student loan debts, tax burdens don’t magically puff into a cloud of monetary magic and disappear — they are still owed by the “estate” of the deceased, which means you have to file a tax return on their behalf. 

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