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The duties of the Executor of a Will

Who handles probate and estate administration for a decedent? Pennsylvania residents are probably aware that it is the Executor named in the decedent's Will. Many people consider it an honor to be designated as the Executor, but they do not fully understand the duties of the executor of a will. When these duties are explained, most individuals know that they will need the help of an experienced estate attorney to properly fulfill their responsibilities.

Taking the right steps in probate and estate administration

Estate administration and the probate process can be complicated, with many different options for every person's unique circumstances. It takes training, attention to detail and no small amount of patience to handle matters in this area of law.

Discussing estate planning with your children

Previous posts here have mentioned how many people wait until later in life to begin seriously thinking about estate planning. So, the reasoning should be that most people over the age of 50 probably have estate planning documents in place, right? Well, according to an AARP survey, only about 60 percent of adults between the ages of 53 and 71 have any kind of estate planning documents.

What are the basics of probate and estate administration in PA?

What is probate and estate administration in Pennsylvania? When a person dies owning assets in his or her name alone, an estate may need to be "opened" by a personal representative to handle the assets and to settle the decedent's affairs. When Pennsylvania residents have had a loved one pass away, they may find themselves in a situation where the probate of a Will is needed. They may have more than a few questions about the process of probate and estate administration and what steps to take, which require help from an estate attorney.

Where to probate out-of-state property

Every executor comes to the estate administration process with a different amount of estate administration experience. Many people have no estate administration experience at all. Others have administered one or two estates before, and some have lots of experience with administering estates. Given the varying levels of experience people have, it is important that estate executors be familiar with the various duties and obligations of their position.

Legal help with Pittsburgh probate issues

Probate is something that many Pittsburgh residents are loath to consider because it is an acknowledgement of the inevitable end to their lives. However, this is something that is an integral part of taking care of loved ones after they have passes and should not be ignored. After a person has died, it can also be an issue. Those who have been designated as the executor in a will need to know that probate and probate litigation is something that arises frequently and it is preferable to take steps to have everything organized when planning.

What is the Probate and Estate Administration process?

Probate and estate administration after a loved one passes away may not be fun for Pittsburgh residents; however, for those who take the time to make an estate plan and have a Will prepared, it will be easier for the people left behind. When a person dies with Will and assets in his or her name, the Will is offered for probate at the Register of Wills office. The Will should name an Executor, who is the person that will handle probate and estate administration. Although you have named someone to handle this important job, you may not fully understand what is involved.

What is Probate?

Probate of a Will may be necessary if a person dies owning assets in his or her name alone and has a Last Will and Testament, which indicates what is to be done with those assets following death. Probate and estate administration is the opening of the estate by a personal representative, known as the Executor, to collect the decedent's assets, to pay the decedent's debts and to settle the decedent's affairs.

What does the Executor of a Will do?

The role of an Executor of a Will is an important one, so it is important to properly select who will serve as the Executor of a Will. When you are engaging in the estate planning process, you may have questions concerning what the Executor of a Will (or Executrix if the person is a woman) does when determining who to name as the Executor. The Executor of a Will has the responsibility for ensuring that the decedent's last wishes are fulfilled concerning the disposition of his or her property and possessions. The Executor of the Will is entrusted with paying funeral expenses, the debts of the decedent, estate administration costs and Pennsylvania inheritance taxes as well as distributing the remaining property and assets according to the wishes of the decedent.

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