EstateExec FAQ

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Frequently Asked Questions

Serving as an executor can be a challenging and emotional task.  We're here to help.

What is EstateExec?

EstateExec is online software that helps estate executors fulfill their duties, providing automated guidance and automated financial accounting. You can think of EstateExec as something like Quicken®, but optimized for the estate settlement process. It customizes guidance to the particulars of your estate, helps manage financials, generates standardized reports, and even calculates executor compensation. [See more at EstateExec Introduction...]

Why should I use EstateExec?

EstateExec makes the executor process easy, from understanding your responsibilities to tracking debt payments and asset distributions. It also includes discount coupons for related third-party services. EstateExec will save you time, money, and possibly your family relationships. You could do things the old-fashioned way, but why would you? [See more at Why Use EstateExec...]

I'm not called an "executor", but I have responsibility for an estate or trust. Will EstateExec still help me?

Yes. Some states call the role a "personal representative", while others call it an "executor", but the responsibilities are the same. If you are appointed by a court rather than being named in the will, you may be called an "administrator" ... but again, you still have the same responsibilities. A "trustee" oversees a trust rather than a standard estate and will, and while there are in fact some differences to this role, these distinctions are quite minor for EstateExec. [See more at What is an Executor...]

How much does EstateExec cost?

You can use EstateExec for free for 10 days, so you can see for yourself how helpful it is.  After that, it costs only a one-time fee of ${{price}} (per estate), which you can deduct as an estate expense. When you think about the thousands of dollars you will likely spend on legal services, it's a real bargain. Plus, its money-saving coupons for third-party services (e.g., shipping, appraisals, junk hauling, etc.) will more than pay for itself. You can't afford not to use EstateExec! [See more at License Estate...]

What should I do after someone dies?

EstateExec provides an interactive checklist of tasks customized to your situation: see sample estate checklist. [See more at Executor Guide...]

How do I get started?

Just create an estate and start entering information: the EstateExec Getting Started Wizard will help you begin. [See more at Getting Started...]

How long does estate settlement take? How much do executors get paid?

The Executor Guide contains all sorts of interesting statistics about estate settlement. [See more at Executor Timeline...]

Do I need a lawyer?

In most states an executor is not required to use a lawyer, but a lawyer can be helpful in many cases. EstateExec can help you find a lawyer if desired, and you can work together with your lawyer (or anyone) using EstateExec's online sharing capability. [See more at Lawyers...]

Does EstateExec make money from the services it recommends?

EstateExec lists relevant third-party services (and in some cases money-saving discounts) simply to be helpful to our customers. EstateExec does not recommend or endorse any third party services, and receives no compensation from these services (with the obvious exception of legal services).

What is the "Unspoken Rite of Financial Passage"?

Certain events in a person's life qualify as "financial rites of passage": obtaining your first credit card, buying a house, combining finances with a significant other, retirement, estate planning, and so forth. Serving as an executor is another such financial rite of passage, one which few discuss in depth, and for which there are few resources, yet the effort and impact can be profound. [See more at Executor Rite of Passage...]

Can I use EstateExec on different devices?

You can use EstateExec on Windows PCs, Macs, iPads, mobile phones and more. Just open an Internet browser, go to www.EstateExec.com, and login. [See more at User Account Basics...]

Is my data secure?

EstateExec takes security very seriously, and encrypts all transmissions between your browser and our servers, encrypts the data on our servers, and provides additional protections as well. We do not sell or rent any of your data to third parties. [See more at Privacy Policy...]

How do I purchase an EstateExec license?

To license an EstateExec estate, create or open the desired estate, then click the "License Now" button on the Overview tab and follow the instructions. If there is no blue License button in the top right, you have already purchased a license for this estate. [See more at License Estate...]