Executor's Guide, The

Executor's Guide, The

Settling a Loved One's Estate or Trust

Mary Randolph


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The step-by-step guide to serving as an executor

If you need to wrap up the affairs of a loved one who has died, you may feel overwhelmed—especially when you’re grieving. But you can do it, and this book will show you how.

A roadmap to follow. The Executor’s Guide will lead you through an unfamiliar land of legal procedures and terminology. You’ll learn what to do right away and what can wait. Find help on:

  • preparing for the job of executor or trustee
  • claiming life insurance, Social Security, and other benefits
  • making sense of a will (and what to do if there is no will)
  • determining whether probate is necessary
  • filing taxes
  • navigating probate court proceedings
  • dealing with family members
  • handling simple trusts, and
  • working with lawyers, appraisers, accountants, and other experts.

The 9th edition contains updated tables outlining key points of each state’s laws. Applies in all states except Louisiana.

With Downloadable Worksheets - download and customize worksheets detailing information executors need to get organized, including an inventory of assets and debts (details inside).


Mary Randolph:
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, and 8 Ways to Avoid Probate. Randolph 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.