The Complete Executor's Guidebook

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9781572486041: The Complete Executor's Guidebook

A step-by-step guide to settling a loved one's estate.

Being an executor or personal representative is no easy task. For many, the job comes at a time of high emotion and is something that has never been done before. The Complete Executor's Guidebook is here to help ease this troubling time and make this overwhelming task manageable.

It gives you everything you need to navigate through all the paperwork and responsibility that comes with this role. It takes you step-by-step though all of the legal and financial matters that must be completed and provides you with a plan to timely settle an estate. With it you will feel confident that you are doing everything you need to do, such as:

- Preparing for your role as an executor or trustee
- Making claims for insurance, social security and other benefits
- Understanding the will or trust provisions
- Handling situations when documents are missing
- Going to court
- Dealing with taxes
- Finding your state's laws
- Working with lawyers, accountants, insurance agents and others

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A Step-By-Step Guide to Settling a Loved One's Estate
You?ve lost someone close to you, and now you?ve been named the executor of the estate. What does that entail? What does that even mean?
The Complete Executor's Guidebook takes you step-by-step through the confusing probate process from start to finish. This book explains everything you need to know to successfully serve as an executor of an estate in a simple, easy-to-understand way.
--I?m not a lawyer. What do all of these words mean?
--Do I have to be the executor of an estate if I?m named, or can I turn it down?
--What exactly does an executor have to do?
--What if I make a mistake?
--Can I get in trouble?
--How long will the entire process take?
--Will I get paid for being an executor?
--What if there is something wrong with the will?
--What if there isn?t a will at all?
The Complete Executor's Guidebook will help you through the entire process and keep you from making some very costly mistakes. This is the best book to give you the legal support you need at a time when you need it the most.
?This easy to read, well-organized and practical guide for executors is...written from personal experience by an estate planning attorney who knows his stuff.?
-John Palmer, Host, The Prudent Advisor, Retirement Living Television and former news anchor, The Today Show

About the Author:

Benjamin Berkley has practiced law for more than twenty-eight years, specializing in estate planning and estate administration. He earned his law degree from Western State University. In addition to being admitted to the State Bar of California and the United States Supreme Court, he is also licensed by the State of California and the Department of Justice as a private fiduciary for court appointments as a conservator and trustee of estates.

Mr. Berkley also serves as a panel referral attorney for the nation's largest prepaid legal programs, including ARAG Legal, Hyatt Legal, and GE Consumer Signature Legal. He is a network attorney for AARP members. He regularly conducts seminars on estate planning and has become an advocate for senior rights.

Ben lives with his wife and two children in southern California.

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