How to Settle an Estate: A Manual for Executors and Trustees

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Thoroughly revised and updated to reflect the latest tax codes, the third edition of How to Settle an Estate is the essential step-by-step guide to lead readers through the complex and daunting process of settling an estate. In clear and practical lay terms, authors Charles K. Plotnick, L.L.B., and Stephan R. Leimberg, J.D., both experts in estate planning, provide readers ...
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Overview

Thoroughly revised and updated to reflect the latest tax codes, the third edition of How to Settle an Estate is the essential step-by-step guide to lead readers through the complex and daunting process of settling an estate. In clear and practical lay terms, authors Charles K. Plotnick, L.L.B., and Stephan R. Leimberg, J.D., both experts in estate planning, provide readers with invaluable advice, including:

* How to raise cash for immediate estate expenses
* Dealing with insurance claims
* Knowing when to hire a lawyer, an accountant, and a stock broker
* Managing real estate
* Distributing assets
And much more...

Author Biography: Charles K. Plotnick, L.L.B., is an attorney in Pennsylvania and specializes in estate planning. He is professor of estate planning at Temple University in Philadelphia. Stephan R. Leimberg, J.D., is CEO of Leimberg Information Services, Inc., a provider of tax law commentary.

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Attorneys Plotnick and Leimberg have substantially updated their clear, comprehensive manual for executors and trustees of an estate, originally published in 1986. The new edition shines in its use of sample documents and checklists. It also addresses the psychological aspects of death and of being an executor. While not a technical treatise, this guide conveys enough detail to assist readers. The authors stress the importance of forming an estate settlement team of experts and suggest how to hire them. The only problem, as with any consumer legal guide, is the differing state laws. The authors might consider selected state-specific editions and issuing software for the book, as some tax return programs have done. Overall, however, this is an excellent and handy book. For general collections.Harry Charles, Attorney, St. Louis
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452279346
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/1/1998
  • Edition description: revised & updated
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles K. Plotnick, L.L.B., is an attorney in Pennsylvania and specializes in estate planning. He is professor of estate planning at Temple University in Philadelphia.
Stephan R. Leimberg, J.D., is CEO of Leimberg Information Services, Inc., a provider of tax law commentary.

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Table of Contents

Preface Introduction
1. The Personal Representative: A Job Description
2. The Selection Process
3. What an Executor Must Know About the Psychological Aspects of Death and Dying
4. How and When to Use Other Members of the Estate Team
5. Avoiding Fiduciary Liability
6. Pre-death Planning Techniques
7. Getting Organized
8. The Formal Appointment: Probating the Estate
9. Disclaimers
10. After Probate
11. Tangible Personal Property
12. Retirement Plans and Other Government and Fringe Benefits
13. Life Insurance
14. Cash, Bank Accounts, and Listed Securities
15. Real Estate
16. Investing Estate Assets
17. Handling a Family Business
18. Jointly Owned Property
19. Trusts and Guardianships
20. Debts and Expenses
21. State Death Taxes
22. The Federal Estate-Tax Return
23. Gift-Tax Returns
24. Estate's Income-Tax Return
25. Decedent's Final Income-Tax Return
26. Tax Elections
27. Valuation of Assets
28. Charitable Bequests
29. Anatomical Gifts
30. Distribution
31. The Duties of a Trustee

Appendix:
Executor's Checklist Power of Attorney Living Will Inventory After Probate Executor's Letter and Information Form Checklist to Avoid Federal Estate-Tax Audit Federal Estate-Tax Asset/Deduction Finder Approval of Account, Release and Indemnification Statement Regarding Anatomical Gifts Trustee's Checklist Trust Receipt and Release IRS Forms that May Be Useful Glossary Index s

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