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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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, […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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.  […]

Read More

Technology and Being a Personal Representative

December 13, 2017

After you pass away, you will almost certainly leave behind an estate that must be administered, meaning that someone will have to step in and make sure your remaining debts are paid and your assets are appropriately distributed to your beneficiaries.  This person will be called a personal representative or an executor.  Although the advent […]

Read More

Personal Representative Misconduct

December 12, 2017

After someone passes away, there will need to be another person to step in and make sure that the deceased’s estate is properly distributed.  In some cases there is a will that will specifically name this person, who is called an executor or a personal representative.  When the deceased dies intestate, meaning there is no […]

Read More