Managing a loved one’s personal affairs after they die can be overwhelming. Often there are several tasks that need to be completed after the funeral, and the process can be complex and time-consuming especially for family members coping with grief and loss. Using a checklist is a good way to keep things organized when settling a deceased person’s estate.
After a death, planning a funeral usually takes precedence and settling the estate comes afterwards. There are certain duties that should be addressed immediately, such as taking care of dependent children, tending to pets, and securing the home but generally the majority of estate management tasks follow a timeline of about 6-18 months to completion.
The main job of settling a loved one’s personal affairs is performed by the executor. An estate executor is the person responsible for managing the legal and financial affairs of the decedent and making sure all assets and property are distributed according to instructions set out in the will. While the role of executor isn’t exactly a walk in the park, the chosen person does not need to be an expert in estate law or accounting and can obtain outside professional assistance to execute the will successfully.
Executors can also use EstateExec online software to simplify the estate administration process. This user-friendly online tool provides automated guidance on legal requirements, calculates estate accounting and financial values, and keeps track of time-sensitive reporting deadlines.
If you are the executor of your loved one’s estate, here is a list of what you should do as soon as possible within the first week after death:
Getting things in order in the first month after the death is a key component of effective estate management:
Most of the executor’s work takes place within the first few months after death occurs, while other tasks such as filing estate taxes have later due dates:
An executor should be well-organized and possess strong communication skills in order to effectively manage their estate administration duties from start to finish. Whether you are a first-time executor or an established professional, EstateExec™ can help you avoid common mistakes in estate management and ease the burden of executor responsibilities. Find out how to get started with their detailed Executor’s Guide.Back to Knowledge Center