Basic Personal Representative Responsibilities

November 7, 2019

When your friend or family member passes away, there are many things that you and the others close to the deceased will need to handle.  This includes such tasks as notifying the other friends and family members and introducing the estate into probate.  Whether probate is done formally or informally, there will need to be […]

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Can I Sue a Personal Representative for Mismanaging Probate?

November 4, 2019

Bringing the estate of a family member or close friend to probate is an important step in tying up all the necessary loose ends after your loved one has passed away.  During probate, a personal representative will be appointed.  That personal representative will have many duties, including assessing the debts of the estate, gathering the […]

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How to Be Appointed as a Personal Representative

October 24, 2019

Dealing with the death of a family member or loved one is a difficult time.  While you are working through your grief, you are also likely thinking of the administrative steps that need to be taken.  One of the important administrative steps involves the estate going through probate.  During probate, a personal representative will need […]

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Removing a Personal Representative

September 2, 2019

Following the death of a family member or loved one, you will have to manage your grief and complicated emotions.  There are also procedural and property issues to deal with, and if the deceased had minor children, things can get even more complicated.  The personal representative is the person appointed during the probate case to […]

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Deciding Whether to Serve as Personal Representative

May 3, 2019

When your friend or loved one passes away, you may loon soon thereafter that you have been designated in his or her will to serve as the personal representative.  The personal representative (also commonly referred to as the “executor”) is the person responsible for making sure to gather the assets of the estate, notify the […]

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Can a Personal Representative Refuse to Distribute According to the Will

May 2, 2019

The time immediately following the death of your family member or loved one is a time that is fraught with emotion.  You will be going through an emotional time and will need to grieve, which can take many forms and take a long time.  The grieving process can be further complicated by having to participate […]

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Can the Trustee Refuse to Distribute the Assets in the Trust?

February 19, 2019

Trusts are a common and very useful instrument for estate planning.  There are a myriad of different types of trusts, and each different type can be used to suit the particular needs and goals of the individual case.  All trusts do have some qualities in common, however.  All trusts will have a trustee, who is […]

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Creditor Priority and Why It Matters

February 18, 2019

The end of life of a friend or family member means going through the grieving process, whether or not the death was sudden or long anticipated.  There are also many logistic issues that must be attended to, including probate. Probate is the official administration of the deceased’s estate, which includes gathering all of the assets, […]

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Removing a Personal Representative

December 17, 2018

At the end of the life of a loved one, there are many steps that need to be taken, not least of which includes starting the grieving process.  After the funeral or memorial service is over, it is then time to move on to the logistical and legal issues, including the probate of the last […]

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I’ve Been Named As A Personal Representative in a Will. Now What?

May 17, 2018

Before a friend or loved one passes away, he or she may notify you that you have been named as the personal representative of his or her estate.  Being named as a personal representative means that your friend or family member trusts you to honorably and truthfully carry out his or her wishes after death.  […]

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