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

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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E110 What Happens to Your Debt When You Die

E110 What Happens to Your Debt When You Die?


Will you burden your kids with your debt when you die? Not a great legacy. We’ll cover all the ins and outs of debt and death.


Today we’ll cover:

    1. When heirs do NOT inherit debt
    2. Some exceptions
    3. Why debt collectors keep calling heirs

Lastly, I’ll explain how your heirs can turn the table and actually increase their inheritance.

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E107 Why Selling Artwork is Hard in Probate

E107 Why Selling Artwork is Hard in Probate


Lately, I’ve read a lot about owning artwork to diversify your assets. This may be a good idea as an investment, but as an Executor, we’ll share with you 5 reasons it’s very hard to sell or liquidate artwork, especially in probate.

And at the end, we’ll share 2 tips on how to make selling art in probate a little bit easier.

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E96 Probate Case Study: How Banks Will Drive You Crazy in Probate


You’ve probably heard that probate is stressful and frustrating. But how, exactly?

 

Here’s a recent example that could drive non-professional executors loco

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E91 Would You Trust ACS with Your Kids? (Reminder to Name Guardians)


If you don’t have a plan in place, what happens to your kids in an emergency? If the police can’t locate next of kin immediately, your kids may be off to ACS, or foster care.


A recent probe revealed concerning facts about ACS.

Links:

https://nypost.com/2019/05/05/acs-is-often-careless-when-handing-kids-to-foster-parents-probe/

http://lauraecowanlaw.com/

https://www.wpaslaw.com/

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E89 Will New Law Actually Protect Grieving Families from Creditors


New law in NY to protect grieving families from debt collectors. Better late than never?

Links:

https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-advises-consumers-about-new-protections-grieving-families-targeted-debt

https://www.the-leader.com/news/20190329/stronglaw-to-shield-next-of-kin-from-debt-collectorsstrong

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0081-debts-and-deceased-relatives

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E70 What is Michael Jackson’s Estate Worth?

The King of Pop died in 2009, but even deceased he’s still one of the highest earning celebrities.

With his name in headlines recently, let’s answer some questions about his net worth, how much his estate earns, and who benefits?

How Does US Estate Tax Work for Foreigners and Nonresident Aliens 956x 538

How Does US Estate Tax Work for Foreigners and Nonresident Aliens?

If a foreigner or non-resident alien died owning US accounts, the estate may owe US estate tax.

Any US bank or brokerage will need proof of tax clearance before they can release any funds to you.

Let’s talk about:

When does US estate tax apply?
How much is US estate tax?
What are the steps to get US estate tax clearance?

How to Pay Estate Debts 956x 538 blog

How to Pay Estate Debts