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Anthony S. Park is a professional executor for solo agers, probate real estate, and bitcoin.As a professional executor and probate lawyer, Anthony has seen what fared well (and what didn’t) at the end, upon death.He writes to share all that he’s learned from this unique perspective about estate plan… read more

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E342 Thank You to Our Listeners!

November 1st, 2023


Based on feedback from you, the audience, we're pausing these episodes and will focus on writing instead:

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Our books on Reviews always …

E341 How Long to Transfer Real Estate After Death

October 25th, 2023


There is no legal time limit to transfer real estate after death. It could happen quickly, or it could take years. We’ve seen cases where the real …

E340 Reasons Not to Make a Loved One the Executor

October 18th, 2023


We’ve talked before about not making a loved one your executor. I recently read an article titled, “2 Big Reasons Not to Make a Loved One the …

E339 Why Sharing Your Seed Phrase is a Bad Bitcoin Inheritance Plan

October 11th, 2023


In this episode, we will talk about self-custodied bitcoiners (not those who have their coin on an exchange or with a third party). Some bitcoiners …

E338 Should I Sell My Home Before I Die?

October 4th, 2023

This is a very common question that we get from Solo Agers. We’ll review the pros and cons of making that decision. Reasons to sell your home …

E337 Who Owns a House During Probate?

September 27th, 2023


When someone dies, many folks are confused about who owns the house during probate, right after the death. Technically, the heirs own it immediately …

E336 Risks of Being an Executor

September 20th, 2023


What are the risks of being an executor? An executor has a lot of power and responsibility during probate, but is correspondingly accountable for everything that happens within the estate.

We’ll cover how an executor …

E335 Why a Letter of Instruction for Bitcoin Inheritance Will Fail

September 13th, 2023


A letter of instruction will likely fail for your bitcoin inheritance plan and should have only a marginal role in your plan, if any.

Search for …

E334 Why Hire a Professional Trustee?

September 6th, 2023


I do serve as a professional trustee, not just executor, or our Solo Ager clients. We’ll cover why our Solo Ager clients are looking for a …

E333 Seller Credit When Selling Probate Real Estate

August 30th, 2023


This happens when the buyer agrees to a higher contract price, but the seller also agrees to credit back a set amount to the buyer, so the net purchase price is lower.

For example, if the buyer wants the house for …

E332 Your Bitcoin Inheritance Plan Must be Frictionless

August 23rd, 2023


We’ve talked before about why Solo Ager estate plans must be frictionless. Same goes for a bitcoin inheritance plan, even more so.

The best …

E331 No Upfront Cost to Name a Professional Executor

August 16th, 2023


Folks who are interested in naming me as their professional executor ask how much it costs to get started. There is no cost! We’ll explain why, what …

E330 Your Bitcoin Inheritance Plan Must be Flexible

August 9th, 2023


Barring a terminal illness or physician-assisted death, it’s very hard to know when you will die. The world changes very quickly, and you do not know what the world will be like at the time of your death. For example, …

E329 Professional Executor for Physician-Assisted Dying

August 2nd, 2023


Physician-Assisted Dying has other names that might be familiar: death with dignity, aid in dying, assisted death, euthanasia, and assisted suicide

E328 Hire Lawyer or Broker First When Selling a Probate Property?

July 26th, 2023


Should you look for a broker or lawyer first when selling a probate property? With non-probate home sales, brokers are the first to list, set an open …

E327 Professional and Amateur Executors Cost the Same

July 19th, 2023


How much does a professional executor cost? Most people are surprised to learn that executor fees are the same whether you choose an experienced professional or your unemployed nephew who has lots of spare time. When …

E326 Why Not a Deadman’s Switch for Bitcoin Inheritance?

July 12th, 2023


A deadman’s switch is a seemingly elegant and trustless solution for bitcoin inheritance. But if you think it through, it currently has too many …

E325 Do You Need a Lawyer to Make a Will?

July 5th, 2023


Our Solo Agers friends often ask this when they’re ready to name me executor in their will. We support well-done DIY wills and anything that helps

E324 Top 5 Reasons Heirs Suddenly Need to Sell Probate Real Estate

June 28th, 2023


Why do heirs suddenly need to sell probate real estate? We see cases where years, even generations, have elapsed since the real estate owner has died, and nothing has been done. So why, all of a sudden, do the heirs …

E323 Top 5 Reasons They a Hire Professional Executor

June 21st, 2023


When we chat with new clients, we ask them why they chose to look for and hire a professional executor. Here are the 5 most common answers. Perhaps you will see yourself in one of these situations.

1.  There’s no one …

E322 Multisig versus Passphrase with a Bitcoin Executor

June 14th, 2023


Multisig or a passphrase ("poor man’s multisig") are two ways to transfer custody to your bitcoin executor upon your death. Let’s compare, so you can …

E321 The Frictionless Solo Ager Estate Plan

June 7th, 2023


A frictionless first estate plan is a great first step for Solo Agers with no plan at all. It helps Solo Agers clarify their thinking and decisions, …

E320 How to Get Updated Letters Testamentary

May 31st, 2023


Let’s discuss how, why, and how long it takes to get “fresh” Letters Testamentary in New York. Fresh letters simply means that they are newly dated. Most of the time, probate takes months or even years, and during that …

E319 Top 5 States Looking for Professional Executors

May 24th, 2023


As we’ve spoken about before, Anthony can be your professional executor, even if you don’t live in New York. We have been seeing many inquires from out of state lately, and these are the top 5 looking for Anthony to be …

E318 Bitcoin Inheritance Needs Layers

May 17th, 2023


As you may know, Bitcoin does not have layers like legacy and traditional accounts do, so an inheritance plan needs to be created. We will discuss the drawbacks of constantly seeking and getting stuck on a “perfect” …

E317 Can You Sell Your Inherited Property?

May 10th, 2023


We get this question quite often – can you sell your inherited property? The answer to this depends on many factors. First, you need to figure out if you can sell an inherited property. Here are a few steps for you to …

E316 Estate Planning Dos and Don't Bothers for Solo Agers

May 3rd, 2023


Since we do so many probates, we see what parts of your planning actually helped with probate (dos), and which ones didn’t really matter (don't bothers).

We are reviewing this info so that you don’t spend too much of …

E315 How to Probate a Hoarder Estate

April 26th, 2023


As you can imagine, probating a hoarder’s estate adds a few more complications. In this episode, we will talk about how to deal with some of the main challenges.

A hoarder can be defined as someone that likes to keep a …

E314 Nonprofessional Executors Don’t Get Paid

April 19th, 2023


Could you imagine doing a ton of work and not getting paid? It’s frustrating, but it happens. One of the drawbacks of nonprofessional executors is …

E313 How to Think Like Your Bitcoin Heirs

April 12th, 2023


Here’s a mental exercise to put yourself in the shoes of your bitcoin heirs. The underlying assumption is that your heirs know nothing or know way less than you do about bitcoin. Many bitcoiners have a pretty deep …

E312 Why Beneficiary Designations Are Bad

April 5th, 2023


It’s understandable that beneficiary designations seem like an excellent and easy estate planning tool. But from our experience, when someone …

E311 The Latest Probate Tax Delay is 1040 Verification

March 29th, 2023


Tax clearance is taking even longer lately because of a new twist: 1040 verification. Everyone agrees it’s important to keep the tax bogeyman satisfied, but all these layers of delays are frustrating our clients and us. …

E310 How to Sell Cash-Poor Probate Co-ops

March 22nd, 2023


How do you sell a probate co-op, when the estate has no other cash?

Why does the estate need cash? To pay for all the preparations, such as movers to clean out the property, cleaners, contractors for minimum …

E309 Limited Powers of Attorney for Solo Agers

March 15th, 2023


If you’re a solo ager and you must use a power of attorney (POA), make it as limited as possible.

We received the following from a solo ager …

E308 Have a Placeholder Bitcoin Inheritance Plan

March 8th, 2023


A placeholder bitcoin inheritance plan may be the solution to spur bitcoiners into action, rather than pursuing a “perfect” plan. Instead of holding …

E307 End of Life Decisions for Solo Agers

March 1st, 2023


How do you find a trustworthy fiduciary to make end of life decisions for you if you’re a solo ager? We get these questions often from our solo ager …

E306 What Information Are Heirs Entitled To?

February 22nd, 2023


What information are heirs entitled to, and how often can they request it? There is a delicate balance for executors to keep heirs in the loop without draining their time or estate resources in constantly responding to …

E305 Get Your Inheritance Faster

February 15th, 2023


Heirs often want to know if there is any way to get their inheritance faster.

Probate can take a long time, for various reasons, and lately it has been taking even longer because IRS delays are making tax clearance …

E304 Poor Man's Multisig for Bitcoin Inheritance

February 8th, 2023


What are some less costly alternatives for a managed multi-sig bitcoin inheritance plan?

Why poor man’s multi-sig?

A multi-sig setup is good for …

E303 How to Choose an Executor Who Will Accept

February 1st, 2023

E303 How to Choose an Executor Who Will Accept

A common question from our Solo Agers is: does my executor have to accept?

Because our Solo Agers …

E302 Minimum Estate Size for a Professional Executor

January 25th, 2023


What is the minimum estate size that a professional executor will accept? A few prospective clients have called asking, so we’ll review bank executor minimums, our minimums, and some exceptions.

Bank executor estate …

E301 How the Recession Affects Probate

January 18th, 2023


Economic recession affects probate, just as much as wages, gas, and your grocery bill. We’ll share a few ways we’ve seen how it’s been impacting …

E300 Inheritance by Bitcoin Family Wallet

January 11th, 2023


A shared Bitcoin family wallet sounds like a simple way for your heirs to inherit upon your death. We’ll discuss the advantages of this setup, as well as some important drawbacks.

What is a Bitcoin family wallet? It is …

E299 When do Solo Agers Need a Revocable Trust?

January 4th, 2023


Sometimes a revocable trust makes great sense for a solo ager estate plan. Generally, revocable trusts aren’t so great in New York, because they can …

E298 Is a Cash Buyer Better for Probate Real Estate?

December 28th, 2022


Which offer for probate real estate is better: an experienced investor cash buyer, or an individual financed offer that’s supposedly $80,000 more?

In a recent case, turns out the individual offer was actually more like …

E296 How to Sell Probate Real Estate with Bad Neighbors

December 14th, 2022


We’ll discuss a recent case study of how bad neighbors can harm probate real estate sale, and how to deal with them.

Bad neighbor blames estate for water leak

I am the professional executor for an estate with real …

E294 How to Close a Probate Estate in New York

November 30th, 2022


After many months (maybe years), the estate is finally nearly finished. What are the final steps to close probate? We’ll explain the accounting, receipt and releases, and the reserve.

What is the estate accounting?

The …

E293 How to Find the Will

November 23rd, 2022


How do you find the original will after someone dies? We’ll cover where to search, how to get access, and what happens if you can’t find the original.

Did the attorney keep the original will?

It is common for an …

E292 Help! I Don’t Have a Bitcoin Executor for My Will

November 16th, 2022


Choosing an executor can be very difficult if you feel you don’t have many choices, especially if you own non-traditional assets such as Bitcoin. We …

E291 What is a Strong Offer on Probate Real Estate?

November 9th, 2022


Is the highest offer the strongest offer? Not necessarily, especially in probate. Sometimes an heir or a co-executor believes they can get a higher …

E290 Professional Executor vs Beneficiary Designations for Solo Agers

November 2nd, 2022


A few Solo Agers have asked if they can use beneficiary designations instead of a traditional estate plan. We’ll explain some pros and cons of …

E289 Why You Need a Local Executor in New York

October 26th, 2022


Most people correctly assume you need a local executor in New York, but they may not know exactly why. Let’s review a few real-world scenarios and reasons why you need an executor local to New York.

KYC requirements

E288 There’s No Such Thing as a Perfect Estate Plan

October 19th, 2022


“There’s no such thing as a perfect estate plan,” Sherlock Holmes would probably say if he did probate. What we mean is that things may not work out …

E287 How Long Does Probating Bitcoin Take in New York?

October 12th, 2022


How long does probate take in New York if the estate includes bitcoin? As we talked about in  a prior blog How Long Does Probate Take in New York, generally probate takes 15 months or longer; sometimes up to 3 years. …

E286 How Will My Executor Know I Died?

October 5th, 2022


Many of our Solo Agers wonder “how will my executor know I died?” (Especially if they’ve chosen me as their professional executor, as opposed to …

E285 How Professional Executors Manage Tax Clearance Delays

September 28th, 2022


Every executor faces the tax risks unless they get proper tax clearance, which can take a LONG time. Here’s how we’ve seen that plays out with professional executors, non-estate attorneys, and amateur executors.

E284 Tips for Cleaning Out Deceased’s Home

September 21st, 2022


Here are our tips for cleaning out the decedent’s home and getting it presentable for sale.

Identify the estate clean-out problems

For example, did …

E283 5 Stages of Probating Bitcoin

September 14th, 2022


Probating bitcoin is more complicated than usual probate. We’ve discussed the 3 stages of probate generally. Here, we’ll describe some specifics of the process for when the decedent owned bitcoin.

How to find out if …

E282 When Receiving an Inheritance Changes Your Solo Ager Estate Plan

September 7th, 2022


How does receiving an inheritance change your own Solo Ager estate plan? A family inheritance will increase the size and complexity of your estate, …

E281 MTA Covid Death Benefit and Beneficiaries

August 31st, 2022


Does the MTA covid death benefit have beneficiaries, and if not, who should inherit? The MTA is paying a pretty generous amount (about $500,000) to …

E280 Someone Died, But No One Wants to be Executor

August 24th, 2022


We often get hired when someone has died, but no one wants to be the executor. Sometimes there was a will with nominated executors who don’t want to serve. Other times there was no will, but none of the next of kin want …

E279 How to Sell a New York City Loft in Probate

August 17th, 2022


We’ll discuss how to sell a loft in probate. This is yet another type of apartment that is unique to New York. We’ve talked about co-ops in the past, which seem mind-boggling to many people (even New Yorkers).

What is …

E278 How to Probate a Bitcoin Miner’s Estate

August 10th, 2022

How do you probate a Bitcoin miner’s estate? We’ll cover: what a miner looks like, whether to keep the miner running through probate, and how miners will probably have yet another wallet to figure out. The Bitcoin …

E277 Professional Successor Executor for Solo Agers

August 3rd, 2022


Many of our Solo Ager clients ask if I’ll serve as their successor (not primary) executor. The short answer is yes. We discuss why solo agers ask for …

E276 Problems Selling Probate Real Estate: Septics, Brokers, and Co-op Listing Prices

July 27th, 2022


We’ll share 3 recent problems we encountered while selling probate real estate: a bad septic tank, firing a broker, and co-op listing prices. We’ll share these stories with you and add key takeaways for executors and …

E275 US Professional Executor for Federal Transfer Certificates

July 20th, 2022


Many non-US heirs need a professional executor to get federal transfer certificates.

What is a federal transfer certificate?

It is an IRS document, specifically, Form 5173. It is used to confirm through the IRS that …

E274 How Will Your Executor Handle a Bitcoin Crash?

July 13th, 2022


How will your executor handle a Bitcoin winter (or crash) like the one we’re living through now? We’ll compare a few likely scenarios depending on …

E273 DIY Will vs Lawyers for Solo Agers

July 6th, 2022


Our solo ager clients often ask “who should draft my will? Should I do it myself or hire a lawyer?”

Default: hire a reputable estate planning …

E272 What Happens to Personal Effects When Someone Dies?

June 29th, 2022


Sometimes the small personal effects can have a big impact. It may be the irreplaceable keys to the loft, the invaluable smartphone, or treasured photos in the wallet.

What are personal effects?

They are usually …

E271 Non-Professional with Probate Real Estate

June 22nd, 2022


Today we describe some real-world examples of mistakes made by non-professional executors dealing with probate real estate.

Making it personal with tenants

Often times, a non-professional executor is a family member or …

E270 3 Bitcoin Wallets Executors Overlook

June 15th, 2022


When someone passes away, it is the executor’s job to gather the decedent's assets. What are the Bitcoin wallets executors may overlook? We’ve discussed how to look for common bitcoin key storage (Episode 253 3 Steps …

E269 Business Valuation During Probate

June 8th, 2022


Business valuation is tricky even under the best circumstances. And the probate process adds a few more twists.

Not turnkey

The first twist is that you are probably not selling a turn-key business. Some people come to …

E268 Professional Executor and Trustee for California Solo Agers

June 1st, 2022


To my surprise, we keep getting calls from Solo Agers in California asking me to serve as their executor and trustee. Let's explain why this is …

E267 Why They Want a Professional Executor

May 25th, 2022


Our clients want a professional executor for many reasons. Most commonly they have no heirs, or their family lives abroad. But those aren’t the only reasons. We’ll share a few recent examples of why clients want a

E266 Bitcoin Taxes During Probate

May 18th, 2022


After someone dies with Bitcoin, among all the other chaos, are questions about taxes. How do you pay capital gains from during the decedent’s life? …

E265 Late Probate 40 Years After Death

May 11th, 2022


What happens during a late probate, meaning you don’t begin the probate process until many years after death? In a recent case, we probated an estate 40 years after death. This case study shows just a few problems with …

E264 3 Lessons from a Late Solo Ager

May 4th, 2022


What happens if you become a Solo Ager later in life? How does this happen? How does this affect you toward the end of your life? And what are some …

E218 Bitcoin Letter of Instruction to Heirs

May 2nd, 2022


Every bitcoin estate plan must include a simple, easy-to-understand letter of instruction to your heirs or executor. If you don’t, all of your hard-hoarded bitcoin may disappear.

Explain Bitcoin to a Child

Keep it …

E222 Beneficiary Designations for Cryptocurrency Exchanges

May 2nd, 2022


One of our podcast listeners asked: “Is it possible to open a Binance account that is funded by a trust account? If so, does that by default make …

E263 Not All Lawyers are Good Executors

April 27th, 2022


There are many excellent probate lawyers who would be terrible executors. Why? Let’s break down what you need to have to be a professional executor.

E262 3 Bad Bitcoin Inheritance Plans

April 20th, 2022


Let’s talk about 3 common suggestions that are bad bitcoin inheritance plans. Why so negative? Why talk about bad bitcoin inheritance plans, rather than the good? Well, sometimes the process of elimination can help …

E261 How to Close on Sale of Business in Probate

April 13th, 2022


Hurray, you’re finally in contract and ready to close on the sale of the estate’s business. You already did all the hard work preparing to sell the business, now make sure you cross the finish line and close the sale …

E260 3 Recent Solo Ager Estate Plan Questions

April 6th, 2022


The following are three recent questions from our Solo Ager readers. Thanks for your questions!

As a side note before we begin: I’ve noticed that a …

E259 Professional Executor for Non-US Heirs

March 30th, 2022


Hiring a professional executor is particularly useful for non-US heirs. Most state rules make it tough for you to be a US executor if you are not …

E258 Bitcoin Estate Planning for 2 of 3 Multisig

March 23rd, 2022


As the default recommended multisig quorum, there must be lots of  2 of 3 multisig holders out there. So let’s make sure your 2 of 3 multisig also …

E257 How IRS Processing Delays Are Slowing Down Probate

March 16th, 2022


Probate is already a slow process, and recent IRS processing delays are making probate even slower.

Most probate cases must receive IRS tax clearance in order to close the estate. Otherwise, the executor and heirs are …

E256 Multisig Keys for Bitcoin Inheritance Planning

March 9th, 2022


If you have a multisig, who should hold keys as part of your bitcoin inheritance plan?

Multisig is a great way to reduce risk of theft or …

E255 How Solo Agers Should Hide Cash and Jewels at Home

March 2nd, 2022


Lots of people like to keep cash and valuables hidden at home. But what if you do too good a job of hiding them that even your executor can’t find …

E254 Best Renovations to do Before Selling Probate Real Estate

February 23rd, 2022


Selling probate real estate can be tough because properties are usually out of date, very “lived-in,” and attract discount buyers.

Here are a few …

E253 3 Steps When a Bitcoin Owner Dies

February 16th, 2022


What do you do if someone dies owning Bitcoin, but you have NO IDEA how Bitcoin works? How do you recover the Bitcoin, so it doesn’t get lost …

E252 What Happens if Your Professional Executor Dies?

February 9th, 2022


Listener, Raymond, asks: “What happens to your clients if you die? By you, I mean Anthony S. Park. Who is your backup?” He posted this question on a professional executor video, so we’ll answer in the context of me …

E251 Should Solo Agers Tell Heirs About Inheritance?

February 2nd, 2022


Our Solo Ager clients often ask, “Do I have to tell an heir that I’ve named them in my will?” For one reason or another, you may not be sure what to …

E249 Annual Professional Executor Checklist

January 19th, 2022


When you name me as your professional executor or trustee, we have an annual “check-in” call or email to make sure I’m up to date on your plan and wishes.

We’ll review below what we chat about during our annual check-in.

E248 Your Bitcoin Estate Planning New Year Resolutions 2022

January 12th, 2022


If you hold bitcoin, 2022 may be the time to make your New Year resolutions to get your Bitcoin estate planning in order.

Everyone approaches crypto …

E247 Solo Ager Annual Estate Plan Review

January 5th, 2022


As we know, Solo Ager estate plans are a bit trickier than other estate plans. We recommend that our clients take a look at their estate plan every 4 …

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