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.

Probate Bonds: Part 2

In September’s  article I explained the meaning and purpose of a probate bond, as well as the usual circumstances in which a probate bond will be required. Essentially a probate bond is a financial guarantee bond issued to protect the interests of heirs and creditors of an estate from the negligence or fraud of the…

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What Your Aging Parents Aren’t Telling You – I’m Having Memory Issues

This article by Executor.org also appeared in the Huffington Post. Whether it’s due to pride, a desire to maintain their independence, or forgetfulness, if you have aging parents there are likely things they aren’t telling you. And that can be both troubling and dangerous. In this new blog series, What Your Aging Parents Aren’t Telling You,…

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Cremation To Surpass Traditional Burial in Popularity This Year

For the first time ever, this year more people in the U.S. are expected to choose cremation over traditional burial. According to the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), this year 48.5 percent of those who die in the U.S. will be cremated. Nearly 46 percent will be buried in the traditional manner. The numbers stand…

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Probate Bond: As Executor of an Estate, Do I Need One?

What is a probate bond? Who needs one? Sam’s mother recently passed, and Sam now must take the necessary steps to finalize his mother’s estate. Sam’s mother did have a will, but she did not name an executor to administrate the will. Sam is very surprised to learn from his attorney that probate court requires…

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How to Hire an Estate Attorney

If you’ve recently been named as an executor of an estate, you may not yet know you may need to have a team of professionals to help, and that you may need to hire an estate attorney. Because wills and estates vary in complexity, and assets within the estate can add another layer that must…

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How to Perform the Executor Role

A quick Internet search can provide great how-to videos, articles, and tutorials on a variety of topics from crafting to home repairs. But when it comes to one of the most important roles you can have – serving in an executor role – the searchable resources are pretty thin. To address this need, we created…

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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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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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What Expenses are Reimbursable to Executors?

When a person takes on the executor role, it can be daunting. The work to be done can be overwhelming (executor.org can help – sign up for an account for a step-by-step guide through the process). But more than the work, the expenses can seem enormous. From necessary home upkeep, trips to the courthouse and legal fees,…

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