After a death in the family, it can be a bit off-putting but also a bit comforting to find out that your loved one appointed an executor to administer the will. As a family member and probable beneficiary, it's in the estate's best interest to pay attention to the actions of the executor and watch over things. To find out more about what to look out for, read on.
Executors, or personal representatives, are tasked with guiding the will through probate along with the probate lawyer the family hires. They have no power or official duties until the probate court approves their role, which is often its first action once the will is filed. Before they are approved, they might be required to post a bond. That covers the estate if the executor takes property for themselves and fails to carry out the wishes of the deceased. You should realize that even if your loved one did not leave a will, the estate will still be probated in most cases. The court will appoint an executor (or administrator) just as if there was a will.
Common Executor Duties
Below are the usual duties of an executor during probate:
Working With Family
Good executors keep the family informed about all actions and court activity. They should never act on their own but only with instructions from the probate lawyer or the court. If you notice that you are not being kept informed about the estate, speak to a probate lawyer of your own choosing to find out what your rights as a family member are.
To find out more, speak to a probate attorney.
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