Estate Settlement

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Estate Settlement takes expertise and experience.

Being in charge of an Estate can be unsettling for a family member.  That's why our compassionate professionals can ease your family's burden. The person you choose as your Personal Representative to be in charge of your estate (formerly called an executor or executrix) will be responsible for a daunting list of tasks. For a grieving family member, this could represent an unintended burden that requires a wide range of expertise and a potentially huge time commitment.

And if this wasn’t enough, they will often have to contend with pressure from—and disputes with—beneficiaries who are usually other family members. The resulting “tug of war” can lead to lengthy delays, sometimes lasting years, and often resulting in the irreconcilable split among surviving family members.
There is a Better Way: Estate Settlement Services from the GSB Wealth Management and Trust Services. We are a team of dedicated professionals who will take away the burden and worries of Estate Settlement and make sure that your estate is managed efficiently and according to your wishes.

As Your Personal Representative, we will:

  • Enter the Will into probate, and assure that all legal requirements of the settlement process are completed.
  • Gather all of the personal property and arrange for support of the family.
  • Obtain appraisals of required property for tax purposes.
  • Manage all aspects of real estate and prepare for distribution or sale as required.
  • Evaluate contracts and leases, give necessary notices and comply with all requirements.
  • Investigate all claims against the estate, and handle them accordingly.
  • Collect all life insurance, rents, and other amounts.
  • Prepare and file estate and inheritance tax returns, both federal and state.
  • Pay related estate and inheritance taxes.
  • Prepare a final accounting of the estate.
For an appointment to discuss your estate planning needs, call our Wealth Management & Trust Services team at 413.775.8335.