The executor is the person responsible for estate administration. If you have been named the executor of an estate, you are legally required to wrap up its affairs, arrange for the payment of any income and estate taxes, and distribute the assets of the estate.
All too often, executors without quality legal guidance make mistakes during the process of carrying out these responsibilities—mistakes that expose the estate to litigation, increased tax liability and other potentially serious consequences. Here are three reasons to use a professional to avoid potential mistakes, consider consulting with a professional during estate administration.
- To file the proper forms to protect the estate. Estate administration requires familiarity with the complex process, applicable statutes and tax forms. To protect an estate against costly mistakes, such as failing to file a state or federal estate tax return, consider engaging a professional to help navigate the administration process.
- To be protected. There are many actions you take as an executor that can put you at personal risk. To avoid these at-risk distributions, a professional can assist you by ensuring state probate and tax formalities and federal tax law are fulfilled.
- To protect the estate’s value. If you don’t properly protect the estate assets’ value, you could be in breach of your fiduciary duty. Consulting with a professional will help you to properly react to market conditions as they change. These actions can include selling a home, performing an estate sale or engaging a financial professional to manage the investment portfolio.
This article was published by the BSW Inner Circle, a global financial concierge group working with affluent individuals and families and is distributed with its permission. Copyright 2018 by AES Nation, LLC.