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75 Decisions

75 Decisions Your Estate Trustee Will Have to Make in the First 48 Hours

 Kat Downey is an expert in funeral planning. In one of her planning materials, she has a comprehensive list of 75 decisions that need to be made and often quickly.  As you know from our materials, Estate Trustees have many other responsibilities as per our blog post on Roles and Responsibilities of an Estate Trustee https://smartwills.ca/the-executors-duties. We, too, have a checklist that may be a valuable resource for the future: The Executor’s Duties are to the Beneficiaries and the creditors of the Estate. Largely, the role, duties, and responsibilities that the Executor is required to perform for an Estate are:

  • Arranging the funeral
  • Securing and appraising the assets of the deceased
  • Applying for probate, if necessary
  • Paying the debts and taxes of the deceased
  • Accounting to beneficiaries
  • Distributing the assets of the Estate.

Download or print Our Executor’s Checklist here. It seems like there is a list for everything but being organized and understanding what is needed to be done can help in the planning process and also briefing your family when it comes to life planning.


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This material is for general information and educational purposes only. Information is based on data gathered from what we believe are reliable sources. It is not guaranteed as to accuracy, does not purport to be complete and is not intended to be used as a primary basis for investment decisions.