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The probate process: 9 to 12 months after death

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  1. Set up any trusts as outlined in the will.
  2. Distribute remaining assets to all beneficiaries.
  3. The federal income tax return is due on tax day (typically April 15) of the year following death.
    State filing deadlines vary, so check with your local tax office.
  4. Notify the bank to close the estate checking account.
  5. Review and update your own estate plan.