Estate and Trust Administration For Dummies

Estate and Trust Administration For Dummies

by Margaret Atkins Munro, Kathryn A. Murphy
     
 

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Learn to:

  • Take the proper steps to navigate estate and trust processes
  • Comply with tax regulations
  • Make sense of unfamiliar estate and trust administration terms

Your plain-English guide to administering an estate or trust

Administering an estate or a trust is a big responsibility. This practical, authoritative guide

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Learn to:

  • Take the proper steps to navigate estate and trust processes
  • Comply with tax regulations
  • Make sense of unfamiliar estate and trust administration terms

Your plain-English guide to administering an estate or trust

Administering an estate or a trust is a big responsibility. This practical, authoritative guide contains advice for handling estates and trusts, whether large or small. It also explains how to read and interpret documents, take care of a loved one's estate in the event he or she never created a will, and help the estate or trust avoid paying too much (or too little) in taxes.

  • Estate and Trust Administration 101 — get the lowdown on estate and trust administration lingo; who the players are; and, in the case of trusts, exactly what games are being played
  • From soup to nuts — determine what the decedent owned (and owed), locate the necessary documents, figure out who inherits, shepherd the estate through the probate process, distribute what's left after everyone has been paid, and close the estate for good
  • The powers that be — discover what powers you have as trustee, what duties you're expected to perform, how to keep the necessary records, and the best way to terminate the trust after its job is done
  • A pain in the tax — find a plain-English explanation of preparing a simple estate tax return (Form 706), annual income tax returns for trusts and estates (Form 1041), and the decedent's final Form 1040

Open the book and find:

  • The first steps to take after a loved one's death
  • Guidance on navigating the probate process
  • Advice on marshaling and liquidating assets
  • The duties of trustees and executors
  • How to file income tax returns for a decedent, estate, or trust
  • Common pitfalls to avoid
  • Tips on finding and managing professional help
  • Ten common taxes you may have to pay

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118412251
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/28/2013
Series:
For Dummies Series
Pages:
408
Sales rank:
147,223
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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