Executor Insights

Get important insights on the executor role from the articles below. The articles featured on this blog are a complement to the executor plan you’ll get here on Executor.org when you sign up.

So What Exactly is an “Executor?”

An executor is a representative of the estate of a deceased person. An executor may be legally responsible for the final administration of the deceased’s estate. By definition, the executor is likely in charge of protecting the assets in the estate–everything from money to a bank account to the contents of a home. An executor…

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Where Do I Even Begin In Settling an Estate?

When grieving a loved one, whether you are the executor of the estate, a beneficiary, or even just a concerned family member or friend, the idea of settling an estate can seem overwhelming. For many, it is their first time to take on the responsibilities of this role – or any complex project of this…

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when the will is challenged

What to Do If Someone Challenges the Deceased’s Will

As executor, you will submit the deceased’s “Last Will and Testament” to the probate court. Typically, the will is accepted without challenge and you can check this step of the process off your list of executor duties. But what happens if someone challenges the will, arguing it is not valid because the deceased was not…

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The Probate Process

The probate court process has been around for hundreds of years. While the details vary from generation to generation and location to location, the general principles are the same. In anticipation of eventual death, someone writes a will which governs the distribution of property they own at death. Or, a person dies without a will…

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Inheritance Taxes

Who Pays Inheritance Taxes? – Executor Duties 101

“Who Pays Inheritance Taxes?” is part of the Executor Duties 101 series, an occasional series by Executor.org that highlights steps in the process of settling an estate. When we die, the assets we leave to beneficiaries can be subject to inheritance taxes, which are also often referred to as death taxes. Since it can be…

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Advice for Executors Selling Real Property

What you need to know when listing real property as an executor of an estate Check with a reputable Real Estate Agent in your area. Experience is key when selecting an agent for an estate property. You need someone who has been around long enough to help you navigate the transaction and make recommendations for…

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First Days of Grieving

The First Days of Grieving – Losing a Parent

“The First Days of Grieving” by Executor.org aims to help those who have lost a parent navigate grief, maintain positive family relationships, and successfully manage the complex executor process.   Losing a parent can feel earth-shattering. Some of us lose a person who first made us laugh, healed many wounds with a simple hug, and was…

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Closing Accounts That Are In The Deceased’s Name – Executor Duties 101

“Closing Accounts That Are In The Deceased’s Name” is part of the Executor Duties 101 series, an occasional series by Executor.org that highlights steps in the process of settling an estate. If you are the executor of an estate, you know you need to close many types of accounts. From turning off cable television service and…

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Managing Online Accounts — Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and Apple

These days, when someone passes away they likely have numerous online accounts, including those for email or social media. As executor you or the deceased’s loved ones might want to access these to get copies of emails, photographs, and more. Each company has varying rules about privacy, but some will work to help you get…

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