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Tag: estate executor

What’s Worse Than Having No Will? Having Two

Estate planning matters. Not having a will can leave surviving family members to struggle with legal complexities, increased costs, and strained relationships as they make decisions that they can only hope the deceased would have approved. It adds pain and heartache....

Coping With Finances While Coping With Grief

In last week’s column about grief, I suggested that all of our personal losses, such as the death of a loved one, have financial aspects. These may range from a severe reduction in family income because of a divorce or the death of a wage earner, to the complexities...

Why Paying Executor Is Fair To Estate And Heirs

Does the executor of an estate deserve to be compensated for that service? Absolutely. As last week’s column pointed out, serving as an executor is often a time-consuming, emotionally draining task. Yet the issue of payment for an executor, especially one who is...

The Dubious Honor Of Serving As Executor

I recently heard from a former client who wanted to reengage our services. Naturally, I asked her why. “I was named the executor of my father’s estate last year, and I now have a huge appreciation for what you do.” Whether one is named as the executor or...