ESTATE ADMINISTRATION AND PROBATE

Responsibilities of an Estate Administrator

When a person dies, a probate proceeding may be opened.  Once a family decides to proceed, a petition is submitted to appoint an estate administrator.

An estate administrator is the appointed legal representative of the deceased. The legal representative may be a surviving spouse, other family member, executor named in the will or an attorney.

In general, the estate administrator:

·        Collects all the assets of the deceased

·        Pays creditors 

·        Distributes the remaining assets to heirs or other beneficiaries

Probate Court

Your first responsibility as an estate administrator is to provide the probate court with an accounting of the assets and debts of the deceased.

You’ll need to:

·        Have all assets appraised to determine their value.

·        Verify all debts.

The probate court will issue either a Letters Testamentary, Letters of Administration or a similar document, authorizing you, the estate administrator, to act on behalf of the deceased. You’ll need Letters of Testamentary to handle their tax and other matters. It is our office’s mission to make sure that the establishment and administration of your loved one’s estate is simple and easy.