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|Description:||501 pages ; 23 cm|
|Contents:||Getting ready. The executor's legal companion ; Overview ; If you're asked to be an executor or trustee --
First steps. The first week ; The first month ; Claiming life insurance, Social Security, and other benefits --
Taking care of the estate. Making sense of the will ; If there's no will ; Taking inventory ; Managing assets and paying bills ; Caring for children and their property ; Taxes --
Transferring property. Property that doesn't go through probate ; Transferring joint tenancy and other survivorship property ; Transferring community property ; Claiming money in retirement plans ; Claiming payable-on-death assets ; Special procedures for small estates ; The regular probate process --
Handling trusts. Wrapping up a simple living trust ; Managing a child's trust --
Getting more help. Finding more information ; Lawyers and other experts --
Appendix. State information.