Settling an estate can be like moving through a maze -- let The Executor's Guide lead the way. If you're faced with wrapping up the affairs of a loved one who has died, you may feel overwhelmed by all the work ahead -- especially when you're grieving. But with the right legal and practical information, you can do it. The Executor's Guide will help you get organized and make progress one step at a time, by assisting you in navigating an unfamiliar land of legal procedures and terminology. It explains how to:prepare for the job of executor or trusteetake your first stepsclaim life insurance, Social Security and other benefitsmake sense of a willwhat to do if there is no willdetermine whether probate is necessarycare for children and their propertyfile taxesdeal with family membershandle trustslook up your state's lawswork with lawyers, appraisers, accountants and other expertsThe 4th edition contains updated tables outlining key points of each state's laws, the latest information on estate taxes and worksheets that help you stay organized and on track.