Who is in Charge of Administering the Estate?

The personal representative (a person, bank or trust company) appointed to represent the person of the decedent is in charge of administering the estate. The personal representative is normally named in the will. But, the will doesn't name a personal representative, the court decides who will administer the estate. But, an heir or interested party can file a form asking the court to appoint them to be personal representative.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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