Settling an Estate

Settling an estate can be a tremendous honor or a difficult responsibility.

You’ve probably identified a close family member or friend to serve as the executor of your estate. But given the complexity of the challenge, the required commitment of time, and the significant emotional and personal toll the duty can exact, is that person really the best choice?

Did you know that the settlement of your estate could take eighteen months or longer to complete? In addition, your executor will be legally responsible and financially liable for a wide range of exceedingly complex tasks including:

  • Adhering to the stated terms of your Will and any trust documents;
  • Identifying, collecting and valuing all assets of your estate;
  • Identifying and paying your outstanding liabilities, debts and expenses;
  • Developing an unbiased, impartial plan for the distribution of estate assets;
  • Preparing and filing income, estate, gift- and generation- skipping tax returns; and
  • Submitting all necessary court-mandated filings.

But perhaps most challenging, your executor will need to balance the competing interests of beneficiaries who may be close friends or relatives – all during an emotionally charged time.

Why Choose SunTrust?

Our long history of trust and estate settlement excellence dates back to 1893. It’s a tradition built on the belief that estate settlement isn’t a transaction; it’s a deeply personal undertaking and commitment. When you name SunTrust as executor or trustee, you’ll be confident that the management of your estate will reflect your values and promote your most important wealth goals.

Articles and resources that can help you on your journey.

Many people instinctively turn to a close family member to serve as the executor of their estate. But given the complexity of the challenge, the required commitment of time, and the significant emotional and personal toll that the duty can exact, is that the best choice?


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SunTrust Bank and its affiliates and the directors, officers, employees and agents of SunTrust Bank and its affiliates (collectively, “SunTrust”) are not permitted to give legal or tax advice. While SunTrust can assist clients in the areas of estate and financial planning, only an attorney can draft legal documents, provide legal services and give legal advice. Clients of SunTrust should consult with their legal and tax advisors prior to entering into any financial transaction or estate plan. Because it cannot provide legal services or give legal advice, SunTrust’s services or advice relating to “estate planning” or “wealth transfer planning” are limited to (i) financial planning, multigenerational wealth planning, investment strategy, (ii) management of trust assets, investment management and trust administration, and (iii) working with the client’s legal and tax advisors in the implementation of an estate plan.

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