How Probate Works. A Guide for Executors, Heirs, and Families.

5 Mistakes With DIY Wills and Witnesses

E151 5 Mistakes With DIY Wills and Witnesses


I get that Do-it-Yourself is very tempting. But you may be creating HUGE problems for your heirs.

We’ll discuss:

  1. Witnesses names
  2. Witness addresses
  3. “Self-proving”
  4. Professional witnesses
  5. Court’s assumptions

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Unexpected Notary Headaches in Probate

E149 Unexpected Notary Headaches in Probate


You may think notarizing a doc is a piece of cake. Just go to a bank, pharmacy, or stationer, right? Not always…

We’ll discuss:

  1. Originals are required
  2. Going to the US embassy
  3. What the heck is an apostille?

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E146 How Do I Sell My Deceased Parents Home

E139 How Do I Sell My Deceased Parents Home


Selling a Decedent’s home, especially parents, can be tricky. So we’ll share some tips from our experience as executor and probate attorney

  1. Who owns it?
  2. Go to court
  3. Vacate the house
  4. Clean it out
  5. Only minimal prep

Lastly, I talk about how to deal with a common problem: the wannabe flipper

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How to Collect the US Account of a Deceased Foreigner

E142 How to Collect the US Account of a Deceased Foreigner


How to Collect the US Account of a Deceased Foreigner

We help a LOT of non-US heir collect their US inheritance.

So, for example

  • Aunt Barbara was a UK citizen, and lived/died in Spain
  • But she had a few US bank and brokerage accounts >$200k
  • How do Barbara’s nieces and nephews legally get their US inheritance?

In this high-level summary, we’ll describe:

  1. Step 1: Go to local probate court
  2. Step 2: Go to US probate court
  3. Step 3: Get US tax clearance

And lastly, I’ll describe a few of the seemingly simply tasks that can cause surprisingly long delays

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E131 How to Avoid Family Drama When Someone Dies

E131 How to Avoid Family Drama When Someone Dies


Everyone knows death + family + money is a recipe for … drama

No one WANTS this to happen, everyone would prefer harmony.

We’ll share some insights from executor-ing for hundreds of families, and areas you should watch out for, to keep the family together.

Today we’ll cover some of the most explosive issues:

  1. Personal belongings
  2. Selling the family home
  3. Money
  4. Control and communication
  5. “Fairness”

Lastly, how getting non-family help can keep the family happy

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E129 How to Collect a Deceased Person’s Bank Account

E129 How to Collect a Deceased Person’s Bank Account


Today we’ll walk you through how to collect a deceased person’s bank account.

There are a few possible twists, turns, and surprises. So we’ll try to prep you, to make it as easy as possible for you.

Today we’ll cover:

  1. Frozen bank accounts
  2. Don’t forge!
  3. Joint accounts
  4. When you need probate

Lastly, we’ll save you some time be telling you about the next step you should prepare to collect a deceased person’s bank account

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E125 What Happens to Your Online Life When You Die

E125 What Happens to Your Online Life When You Die


How much time do you spend on social media?

Is it fair to say you spend enough time on there, post enough pics, rants, etc. to say that it’s a part of your legacy? Your time on earth?

If you agree, then you’ll probably also care about what happens to your online when you die.

 

Today we’ll cover what happens to your

  1. Social media accounts
  2. Other popular digital/online accounts
  3. Email accounts

Lastly, I explain how one of the biggest social media companies is very weird about your accounts when you die.

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E120 Who's in Charge When Someone Dies?

E120 Who’s in Charge When Someone Dies?


When someone dies, there’s a lot going on. So it’s not really one person in charge, but possibly several different folks in charge of different things. We’ll talk about all those roles, so you know what to expect and how to plan.

Today we’ll describe a few folks “in charge”:

  1. Next-of-kin
  2. Burial agent
  3. Trustee
  4. Executor
  5. Administrator
  6. The State

Lastly, I’ll the often-forgotten type person “in-charge”

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E114 Things to Do Upon the Death of a Family Member

E114 Things to Do Upon the Death of a Family Member


I understand it’s hard to get organized when someone has died. But as a professional executor for hundreds of families, I’ve seen how important it is to avoid legal, tax, and most importantly family problems.

Today we’ll cover:
6 things to do immediately
7 things to do within first week
2 things to do within month
5 things to do AFTER choose lawyer and executor

Lastly, I’ll share 3 power tips on how even following these steps may not be enough to avoid long-term problems

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E112 What Happens to Your Stocks When You Die

E112 What Happens to Your Stocks When You Die?


Stocks are your piece of the US economy, and can represent years or decades of patient compounding.

You it’s probably really important to you what happens to your hard earned investments when you pass away.

It mostly depends on how you own your stocks.

We’ll cover what happens to your stock when you die:

  1. With a trust
  2. With named beneficiaries
  3. With a will
  4. With no plan

And lastly, we’ll explain why the speed of these different choices matters so much.

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