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Mixed feelings are perfectly normal for those who've learned that they have been appointed executor (or personal representative) for an estate. This appointment can seem a bit overwhelming, especially if you are not certain what your duties will entail. Before too much panic sets in, however, you should certainly take a moment to relish the honor; only the most trusted and responsible of friends and family members are asked to perform this duty for the deceased. Having a general idea of some initial executor duties ahead of time is a good idea, since the moment your responsibilities begin can also be a turbulent and emotional time.
1. Think Twice Before Accepting
While it is an honor to be asked, this task may not be for you. The responsibilities can be considerable, especially if the estate is large or complicated. Being an executor can be very time consuming and stressful, and being able to make good decisions when it comes to carrying out the wishes of the deceased can be challenging for almost everyone. It's important to know that if you are found to have mismanaged the estate, you could be held liable. Make sure that you do yourself and everyone else a favor and ask the testator to reconsider their choice if you have any doubts about accepting the job.
2. Gather Important Documents
Learning as much as possible about the financial affairs of the estate as soon as possible is vital, so gather together the following soon after the death of the testator.
Once the will is filed in probate court, your duties may continue, but the balance of tasks during probate are minor compared to the initial tasks. You may have a slight reprieve during probate, with less duties, but you will still have some responsibilities for paying the bills of the estate and maintaining the real estate.
To learn more, contact a probate attorney, such as one at Flaccus Law.Share