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The Executor's Guide: Settling a Loved One's Estate or Trust 5th Edition

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""Mary Randolph, an editor at Nolo, a publisher of do-it-yourself legal guides and author of ""The Executor's Guide,"" says it is a good idea to get a lawyer to help unwind a trust, especially if it will hold a significant amount of money.
Trust owners can take some steps on their own—for example, going to a bank to change ownership of a trust-owned bank account back into their names as individuals. But if the trust holds a business or another asset, that could be more complicated.
""If you've got some money to spend on attorney fees—and most people who have created AB trusts do—it can save you a lot of trouble later,"" Ms. Randolph says."" Wall Street Journal


""Provides a guide for executors and trustees, describing legal procedures and terminology, what to expect, decisions that will need to be made, and questions to ask."" Reference & Research Book News 

""Covers the gamut of estate chores and helps you get through them."" Kiplinger's Retirement Report 

""The Executor's Guide [is] a super-detailed, step-by-step book that's a must-read."" Beth Fenner, CNN ""More Money"" blog

About the Author

Mary Randolph earned her law degree from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of The Executor's Guide: Settling Your Loved One's Estate or Trust, 8 Ways to Avoid Probate, Every Dog's Legal Guide: A Must-Have Book for Your Owner, and Deeds for California Real Estate. She is also a coauthor of the legal manual for Quicken WillMaker. She has been a guest on The Today Show and has been interviewed by many publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and more. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.
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Product Details

  • Series: Executor's Guide: Settling a Loved Ones Estate or Trust
  • Paperback: 510 pages
  • Publisher: NOLO; 5 edition (February 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413316794
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413316797
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Buy this book before you need it. It helps with the tasks to be done, how to prioritize them, and how to handle disputes among family members, as well. References state laws and online resources, too. Very enlightening.
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This book is what I anticipated it would be, a good basic book with generic information.
While it didn't provide me with any information I didn't already know, it did reinforce
some of my knowledge. I would recommend this book for anyone who finds they don't know
where to begin.
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This book is an invaluable guide for the non-lawyer facing the death of a relative. It is well organized and is written in simple terms, without legal jargon. It is excellent as a checklist for things that need to be done.
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When my mother-in-law passed away, my husband was named executor of her estate. Because he is not an attorney or financial planner, I purchased some books on the subject. We've found this book to be most helpful and easy-to-follow.
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This book does not give all the answers, but it gives you enough information to ask questions. For some people this will be OK, for others less so, but at least it helps you be better prepared to deal with attorneys, etc.
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Randolph has put together a complete book for someone (who either expectedly or unexpectedly)is now the executor of an estate. Another great audience for this book is someone who is planning their estate for the first time to get an understanding of the how complex of the process can be when someone serves as executor. Hopefully by gaining knowledge people will create a better organized and well thought out estate plan.

Paul Caspersen, CFP®, MS author of the book "Direction Memo: How to Write a Letter of Instructions for Your Estate Plan."
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The first 2 chapters were from a book about creating a healthy workplace - not a problem that I'm interested in. The rest of the book looks useful, but I'm not sure how far to trust this publisher since they clearly don't bother to check their product. If you're interested in anything from this publisher I would suggest going to a store where you can see before you buy!
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I bought this book and one other on performing the duties of an executor and this one is head and shoulders better than the other one. The advice is concisely and clearly given, and the overall tone is very encouraging to those who may feel overwhelmed by all the responsibility. I highly recommend this book!
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