When Someone Dies

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Chapter 1: As Death Approaches
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• Who's in charge before the death?
• Does the person have an advance medical directive, also called a durable power of attorney for health care?
• If the person prepared an advance directive/durable power of attorney for health care...
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A Helpful Guide for Executors

For specific questions about wills, probates, estate planning, and other matters including laws in specific states, we highly recommend The Executor's Guide: Settling a Loved One's Estate or Trust published by Nolo Press.

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When Someone Dies is for everyone who finds themselves contending with the logistics and practicalities of closing out a loved one’s earthly presence. In particular, we’ve written this book with executors (or trustees) in mind. These are the people who by law must deal with the aftermath of the death and the myriad tasks and decisions that follow from it. (We explain the terms “executor,” “trustee,” and “power of attorney” in the following pages.) Typically, the executor is the wife or husband or son or daughter of the person who has died.
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