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Starting the process of making a will

If you are starting to think about the end of your lifetime and the legacy that you would like to leave, it's probably time to create a will. Many people wait too late before making their wishes formally known, and this can mean that they are never fulfilled, causing the loved ones that they left behind to experience great distress.

How wills are processed after death

Most people have a will in place at the time of their death. After a person passes away, this will need to be processed so that assets can be handled and passed to beneficiaries. Wills are often referred to as tickets to probate court because they inform the probate court on how to move forward with the deceased person's assets.

The duties of an executor

When a person passes away, it is the job of the executor to deal with all aspects of the deceased person's estate. The executor is usually named in the deceased person's will. However, if no will exists or if no executor is named, it will be the job of the probate court to appoint an executor.

What are some mistakes first-time executors make?

It's an honor to be appointed as executor of a loved one's estate. The problem is many who are appointed to that role only do it one time. Many are ill-informed about their responsibilities and make mistakes as they carry out their assigned duties. They can cost heirs to lose a significant portion of their inheritance.

How to resolve inheritance conflicts

If a loved one has recently passed away, your family will be going through a stressful time. Grief can change our mental state in many ways, and it can also cause us to act out-of-character. This can potentially lead to a higher amount of tension within the family dynamic, even if everyone is sharing the same grief.

The key administrative aspects of the probate process

If you are an executor of an estate, you will have the responsibility of going through estate administration. This can feel like an overwhelming process to go through, especially when you are grieving the death of a person that you cherished. Many estates need to go through the probate process, even when there is a last will in place.

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