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It is absolutely true that if you go through this complete succession process with accounting, it will slow down the administration of the estate, and it will result in higher legal fees, and no one who agrees, the families who get along do not want or need that. So they should consider a family comparison interview, and it`s a big mistake that people make, they just come to grips and spend the money, and they leave themselves open to people who come back, in fact, using that money to hire lawyers, to come back and sue them for things they thought they did wrong during the administration of the estate. David M. Frees III Esq. 610-933-8069 Follow David Frees on Twitter David On Twitter David on Twitter. There is a whole process to document all of this among family members, so that if a debt appears later, everyone agrees to return the money, but most importantly, the executor has managed their position of responsibility. And it`s still an area that an audit firm can`t prepare for you and a bank that can`t prepare you. This is something you need from a lawyer to prepare you for. This is commonly referred to as receipt release and compensation, or family comparison agreement, and from the executor`s point of view, a very, very powerful tool to protect them from permanent exposure to liability, and a very powerful tool from the perspective of the whole family, as a way to contain themselves and save thousands of dollars of lawyer time. Dave Frees: The last one is that the performers are coming to the end of the estate administration, they are just spending the money.

They fail to conclude the succession in one of the two appropriate ways. One possibility is to go through the court process, and tell the judge that everything we`ve done is here, and here`s how much it stays, and here`s how much goes to everyone, and the judge is ok. Now, I do not recommend it, and very, very rarely, we have to do it, I am only talking about the smallest percentage of cases where it is ever necessary and that is usually because there is some kind of dispute. Where the family all agrees, we want to skip the whole part of the remittance process, so we often do the second is that I will prepare a family comparison contract where everyone in the family will say that I have the records of the administration of the estate, I know how much the lawyer was paid, I know how much the accountant was paid , I know how much funeral expenses were paid I know how much the execution in commission, if ever, I know how much money they made on the investments, I know how much money they sold the house, I know how much I have left after the payment of expenses, and I agree, and I take it, and I`m not going to make the executor for error that could have been made because I don`t think there was.