If you find yourself in charge of winding up a loved one's estate, you probably don't know where to start. Here are tips on tackling this demanding job, one step at a time. (Good news: you may never need to set foot in a probate court.)
What Does an Executor Do?
Settling an estate, in or out of probate court.
Should You Accept the Job of Executor to Settle an Estate?
Are you qualified to be an executor and do you want to do the job?
How to Settle an Estate
If you're the executor of an estate, here are the steps you'll need to take.
Filing an Income Tax Return for an Estate
If the estate has income, the executor must file a return.
More Articles for Executors
Here you’ll find lots of information for executors, including what the job entails and how to get started.
How the Probate Process Works: Information for Executors
Learn the steps needed to complete the probate process.
What is probate, anyway? Here's an overview.
Probate in Your State
These articles give an overview of the process in specific states.
Probate Shortcuts in Your State
Every state offers some kind of shortcut for "small estates"--which, under some state's rules, can actually be quite large.
Small Estate Probate Shortcuts: Why Even Large Estates May Qualify
Depending on your state's law, your inheritors may be able to skip regular probate.
Much valuable property doesn't go through probate--find out how to determine when you can skip probate altogether.
Do I inherit my mother's debts?
If one owner of property held in joint tenancy dies, who pays the mortgage?
Must 401(k) plan beneficiaries pay income tax on withdrawals?
How do I transfer money market funds after death?
Can I cancel probate for an old and diminished estate?
What happens to a parent's share of the family home upon death?
My dad died and I don't know whether he left a will. What should I do?
How do I claim my child's assets if there is no will?
We don't trust the trustee -- what should we do?
The Executor's Guide
A thorough guide to settling a loved one's estate, whether you're handling it alone or working with a lawyer.
How to Probate an Estate in California
Everything you need (including court forms) to take an estate, big or small, through California probate court.
The Trustee's Legal Companion
A must-have resource for anyone serving as a successor trustee.