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Common Questions About Settling an Estate

Heirs to an estate may have a million and one questions rattling around in their brains. This is a natural part of the inheritance process, and the whole thing is made so much more complicated by the grief felt by those family members left behind after the death of a loved one. Settling an estate doesn’t have to be all difficult though and, of course, this process starts long before the passing of a family member.

How do I pass on my belongings?

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Many older adults often ask if they need a will. Perhaps they have given away much of their property to beneficiaries already or don’t have a large estate to begin with. The truth is, though, that everyone needs a will in order to streamline the probate process for named beneficiaries and to reduce the tax burden that will come along with the execution of these final wishes. Whether you have a will or not, your property has to be passed on to someone, and without named beneficiaries to disburse your property to this process requires a probate estate case to determine the most effective means of distributing your wealth to heirs. There is essentially no risk of your home or savings being transferred to someone other than your spouse or children, but they will have to argue their rights to your belongings in a court without your help. Leaving instructions for an estate executor is the best way to make this process as quick and painless as possible.

What should I do with my home?

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Your home is likely your most valuable possession, and it can easily create chaos during the probate process if you don’t plan for its transfer of ownership. Professional realtors, like those at Venterra Realty suggest having your home appraised during this process of cataloging your assets. This way you can be sure to understand the overall net worth that you stand to pass on to your heirs or other beneficiaries. Whether you choose to split your assets along even lines or divide up your possessions in some other way is your choice, but the knowledge of your holdings makes this task far easier.

Similarly, those who stand to take possession of your home as an inheritance may need to make arrangements in order to take functional possession of the property. If you choose to leave your assets on an even split amongst your children, for instance, your home may need to be sold or refinanced in order to transfer this wealth to each of them evenly. If one child wants to live in the home, he or she has to buy out the remaining siblings in order to take full possession of the property and transfer the equivalent wealth to the others, as per your instructions.

How can I use a probate estate loan to my benefit?

Probate estate loans are crucial for these more complicated transfers and are worth investigating as your name and bequeath items and belongings to your heirs. A probate loan acts as a bridge loan in order to raise the equity of high net worth assets like a family home. This way, each heir is able to extract the capital from the home that you wish them to take ownership of, regardless of whether any of them will keep the house. Inheritance can be a complicated mess for those with a large portfolio of assets, so discussing these measures with your family is often the best way forward in order to stave off future disputes and ensure that your wishes are carried out the way you intended.

The inheritance process is made difficult by the grief felt after a death in the family, but with the help of a probate loan and carefully laid out instructions, you can ease the tensions and other hurts that may arise within family members during this trying time.