Being named the executor of a family member’s estate can be overwhelming: At at time when you’re grieving, you’re called on to handle a host of unfamiliar administrative duties.
Daniel Stickel learned that firsthand when his father died in 2013. Mr. Stickel has worked as a software executive for companies including Google. But he found himself challenged by the many tasks required of him as executor of his father’s estate. Executors are charged with settling the deceased person’s affairs, including paying any debts and distributing funds or items left to the heirs.
“I didn’t have a clue what to do,” he recalled. Online searches turned up mostly information about preparing one’s own affairs before death, rather than instructions on settling someone else’s estate. “There wasn’t a lot to help me.”
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