8 Ways to Avoid Probate

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Save your family money, time and headaches with a few easy steps. Probate can drag on for years, and can easily cost your family thousands of dollars -- money that would otherwise have gone to them.
8 Ways to Avoid Probate offers simple but effective methods to skip the entire process -- plus real-world examples of how others have used them. In the end, you'll understand:
payable-on-death accounts
naming beneficiaries
special procedures for small estates
using joint ownership of property
creating a living trust
making gifts of property and money
and more
The 7th edition provides the latest estate and gift tax rules, updated 50-state tables on simplified probate, new IRS rules on inherited IRAs and 401(k)s. And more on how to leave real estate without probate -- 10 states now allow a special deed for this purpose.

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About the author (2008)

Mary Randolph is also the author of The Executor's Guide, Every Dog's Legal Guide and Deeds for California Real Estate. She has been a guest on The Today Show and has been interviewed by many publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and more. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

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