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Wills & probate

A will is a formal legal document that expresses your final wishes and how your property is to be distributed when you're gone. However, probate is the legal process of proving your will is legally valid.

How to serve as executor of a will

If you’re the executor of a will, you’re responsible for carrying out the terms of a will. It’s your role to honor your loved one’s wishes to the best of your ability. While this can be a big responsibility, it’s also an opportunity to protect your loved one’s assets, arrangements, and estate. This is a final act of kindness for someone you love.

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Probate

Probate is a legal process that administers someone's estate after their death. Even if you have a legal will and testament, probate is the process that proves this will is valid. If you have a clear and legal will, probate is generally a simple process. However, if you die without a will or your will is contested, a probate court will apply your state's laws to determine how to distribute your estate.

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What Happens to NFTs When You Die?

By Kim DelMonico, BA, JD, Esq.

Can an Executor Override a Beneficiary?

By Michael T. Flannery, BA, JD

What Is a Bequest in a Will or Trust?

By Michael T. Flannery, BA, JD

How Does Homeowners Insurance Work After a Death?

By Bob Phillips, BA in Sociology

How to Manage Unequal Inheritances in a Will

By Michael T. Flannery, BA, JD

How Do Inheritance Taxes Work?

By Michael T. Flannery, BA, JD

Estate Accounts: Everything You Need to Know

By Michael T. Flannery, BA, JD

How Does Pet Care Work After the Owner Dies?

By Michael T. Flannery, BA, JD

What Are Executor Fees? Fees By US State

By Michael T. Flannery, BA, JD

How to Read a Deceased Loved One’s Will

By Michael T. Flannery, BA, JD

21 Things to Say Instead of ‘Time Will Heal’ to a Loved One

By Belinda McLeod, BA in Secondary Education

12 Celebrities Who Died Without a Will⁠—And Their Disputes

By Sherrie Johnson, BA in Liberal Studies

Trust vs. Will: What's the Difference?

By Laura Leavitt, MA in Rhetoric and Composition

List of 7 Assets You Should Include in Your Will

By Laura Leavitt, MA in Rhetoric and Composition