What is Probate?

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One of the questions I answer with great frequency for clients and acquaintances alike is – what is probate? A common follow up question I am usually asked is how to avoid probate. What is Probate? Probate is the process that we use to wrap up certain financial affairs of the deceased. The main objective […]

The Duties of an Executor

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You’ve been named as a Personal Representative (commonly known as an Executor or Administrator) to administer the estate of someone who died.  What do you do and where do you start? This article is intended to give you a brief overview of your responsibilities. Initially, you need to file a petition for the probate of the […]

Questions and Answers for Executors

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A family member or friend has named you as their executor. If you have never served as executor before, you probably have a lot of questions and concerns. You take on a lot of responsibility when you serve as an executor. You will have a lot to do, including: Collecting property owned by the decedent […]