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Tips for handling estate administration work in 2017

Becoming the administrator of an estate can be daunting. Whether you're dealing with a small family estate or a large estate that involves corporate or creative resources, you probably have a long list of things to get done and not that much experience handling such matters. Working with an estate law professional can help you answer the experience and knowledge issue, and setting strong goals can help you get through your estate administration list this year.

First, make sure that you set realistic goals and manage your time well. Break it down into tasks that can be completed each day, and remember that you can't always devote 24 hours a day to estate administration. Obviously, you have to sleep some of those hours, and you probably have other career, family and social obligations. Figure out how much time you can give to the estate -- even if it's only an hour each day -- and create a list of daily tasks that fits that time line.

Don't be afraid to make changes and adapt your goals. You might set out to complete all major administration tasks in a month only to realize things outside of your control will hold up the process. Don't shuffle tasks just because you don't feel like doing them, but reevaluate your goals on a regular basis to make appropriate adaptations.

Finally, reward yourself for getting things done. Estate administration isn't always an easy task, and it's often something you do because you love or care for someone else. When you get through an especially difficult task, take a break and reward yourself with a relaxing evening, dinner out or a small treat.

Source: Business Insider, "7 Tips for Setting and Achieving Your Goals," Scott Halford, accessed Dec. 30, 2016

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