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Estate Administration Archives

Dealing with social media when handling an estate

When a California resident passes away, friends and loved ones may not be thinking about deceased's social media accounts. However, these can be a permanent reminder that the deceased once impacted the lives of so many people. In some cases, that person's account may appear on a suggested friend's list or on a timeline unexpectedly. This could trigger bouts of grief or sadness for those who knew the individual.

How executors handle credit card debts

When Californian residents who have a will die and leave credit card debt behind, their executors bear the responsibility of dealing with the creditors. The executor may start by ordering the credit reports of the testator in order to find out what debts are owed.

Children of Bobby Vee fight in court over his estate

Californians who are fans of early pop star Bobby Vee might be interested in learning that the late singer's children are fighting over his estate. Vee famously stepped in to cover for Buddy Holly who was killed in a plane crash and became a star himself as a result. He died from Alzheimer's disease on Oct. 24, 2016.

Outdated beneficiary designations bad for estate administration

Most people put an immense amount of thoughtful effort into planning their estate in order to make its later administration as smooth as possible. Responsible estate planners in California typically update their wills, trusts and other important documents on an annual and as-needed basis to make sure that everything is still in order. However, even the most dedicated estate planner might be missing an important issue that can tangle the estate administration process.

Michael Jackson's name at center of estate administration dispute

Despite Michael Jackson's 2009 death, the late pop singer's popularity has actually risen in California over recent years, increasing the overall value of the estate that he left behind. Although the estate has already proceeded through the estate administration process, the IRS claims that it is owed some hefty back taxes. The conflict boils down to the value of Jackson's estate at the time of his death, a number that has eluded agreement.

What are the responsibilities of an executor?

Dealing with the death of a loved one can be difficult enough with the emotions that come with losing someone special. However, the emotional toils can pale in comparison to the responsibilities one might have as an executor to a person’s estate. Depending on your place in life and your level of care in your loved one’s life, it may be difficult to understand what is expected of an executor.

Handling the digital assets of the deceased

In a number of our posts, we discuss the importance of having a comprehensive estate plan so that your personal belongings, assets and property may be distributed according to your wishes. Most people think about tangible assets (i.e. furniture, heirlooms and clothing) when they think about what to leave people upon their death. However, they may not realize that digital assets must be considered as well.

What to do if you inherit someone's home

Depending on your circumstances, you probably are not expecting to inherit property from your parents or another loved one. But in the event you do, it is particularly important to know what to do with it. This is especially important with regard to real property because of the unexpected costs and responsibilities that can come with it.

Will IRS closing letters be hard to come by?

If you are the executor to a loved one’s estate, you are likely very familiar with the obligations of seeing that all debts and liabilities are paid before distributing property. One of the most common possible debts to an estate are taxes that may be applicable depending on the size of the estate.

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