If you’ve been appointed personal representative of a probate estate, it is likely you are wondering what your duties are and what steps you are required to take. Probate proceedings are often time consuming because they are full of confusing procedural requirements.
As personal representative, you are either an executor (if you were appointed by a will) or an administrator (if there was no will and a court appointed you). Both an executor and an administrator have a duty to administer the estate with trust, honesty and care. Before a representative can legally begin to act, they must open the probate proceeding and a judge must approve their appointment. Subject to any additional requirements of the probate court, a personal representative must do the following actions:
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