When you’re appointed as personal representative of an estate, you have certain legal obligations that you must take seriously.
Know Your Role
You’re responsible for the following:
Understand The Challenges
Depending on various factors, you may be unable or unwilling to proceed. Other times, joint personal representatives simply can’t agree on how to move forward.
There may be other disputes that arise. You might face contention from family members. You could even find yourself in a legal action associated with the probate. For instance, if it’s determined that personal negligence resulted in loss of estate assets, loved ones of the deceased could file suit. There are other scenarios that could result in legal action, including:
Most of these hypothetical instances can be avoided with open and honest communication, obtaining and filing appropriate court documentation, and committed fulfillment to your duties as personal representative.
You also have certain basic rights. That includes being properly reimbursed for any personal expenses incurred. You may also receive some sort of compensation for your role in the process. In a probate with beneficiaries other than just yourself, you must hire an attorney.
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