Executor's Guide: How to Administer an Estate Under a Will

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Overview

You have been named the executor of a will by a friend or family member. Are you prepared to meet the challenge and do you know how to avoid personal liability? Thousands of individuals each year face the daunting and often painful task of settling the estate of a loved one, and even with professional guidance from attorneys, accountants, and financial advisors, they are often ill-equipped to deal with many of the tasks necessary to manage and settle an estate—and may put themselves at serious financial risk.

The Executor's Guide is the definitive instruction manual for anyone administering an estate under a will. Featuring step-by-step instructions, worksheets, checklists, and timetables, The Executor's Guide takes the reader through the entire process-from the time of death to the final closing of the estate. The Executor's Guide explains the full range of roles and responsibilities of the executor, including reading the will, hiring and supervising the attorney, dealing with court proceedings, notifying those who are entitled to property, finding and valuing assets, settling with creditors, filing taxes, and distributing the assets. Unique and highly practical elements include a comprehensive Summary of Assets (from Annuities to Videos), a glossary of essential terms, and a series of key questions to ask your attorney. Written in highly accessible language by an expert in the field, The Executor's Guide is at once authoritative and user-friendly—an essential resource for any family.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275982034
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/30/2004
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

LINDA KIRBY is an attorney in Wichita, Kansas, who, since 1988, has focused her practice on probate administration, estate planning, pre-marital agreements, wills, trusts, and estate planning. Formerly Professor of Law at the University of Richmond, she has taught at Newman University, Wichita State University, and in continuing education programs for the Wichita Bar Association, Certified Financial Planners, and Certified Life Underwriters.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction to the duties of the executor 1
2 The will 13
3 Opening court proceedings 25
4 Identifying all interested persons 39
5 Guardians, conservators, custodians, and trustees 47
6 Inventory and valuation of assets 57
7 Management of assets 69
8 Sale of assets 87
9 Claims and demands on decedent's estate 95
10 Taxes 109
11 Special considerations 127
12 Final settlement, distribution of assets, and discharge of the executor 135
App. I Probate timetable : court proceedings 157
App. II Timetable necessary for all estates 159
App. III Proposed method for distribution of personal and household items 161
App. IV Worksheets and forms 167
App. V Summary of assets 181
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