Here is an overview of how this site works and what articles you'll find most useful. It can be confusing to sort out the process, the taxes, and the issues that arise after someone's death. This site will help.
Children can't inherit more than a small amount of property directly. Find out how State allows you to handle a minor's inheritance.
Learn how to find and claim proceeds under life insurance policies.
Joint tenants automatically inherit an asset when the other joint tenant dies. Learn more about how joint tenancy assets are distributed.
Surviving spouses don't have to go through probate, usually. Learn more about probate alternatives for surviving spouses.
Payable on death accounts transfer directly to named beneficiaries and avoid probate. Learn more about how to use payable on death accounts to avoid probate.
A Will is the most basic estate planning document. Find out more about Wills.
A living trust avoids the necessity of probate before an estate can be distributed. Learn more about living trusts.
Learn the basics about how probate works and how you can avoid it.
Executors and Trustees settle estates. Learn more about what each job entails and what responsibilities each requires.
After someone dies, you'll need multiple copies of a certified death certificate to get things done. Find out how to order one in State.
When people die, they own different kinds of property. Learn more about the difference between "real" and "personal" property.
Read this article to find out which states recognize common law marriages.
Each state has rules, called the laws of intestacy, that determine how to divide property when a spouse dies without a Will. Read this article to find out who inherits if a spouse or parent dies without a Will in State.
Each state has its own rules about probate. Find out how they do it in State.
Small estates don't have to go through probate to be distributed. Find out what State's limit is for this small estates procedure.
Only a few states collect their own estate or inheritance tax. Find out if State collects either (or both) taxes on the estate after someone has died.
When beneficiaries inherit assets, those assets generally receive what's called a "step up"in basis. Understand how this saves beneficiaries taxes on appreciated assets.
Find out what's changed in 2019 for inheritance law.
In order to settle an estate or a trust, you'll need to get a tax identification number for it. Find out how to do it.
There are several different taxes that need to be filed after there's been a death. Learn more about which taxes to file and how to file them.