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.
Additional Probate and Estate Administration Articles
- How can a Probate Attorney Help Me?
- What is a Probate Court?
- What is a Probate Proceeding?
- How are Probate Assets Distributed in a Probate Proceeding?
- What does the Personal Representative Do?
- Who (or What) can be a Personal Representative?
- How are Personal Representatives Selected by the Court?
- Does the Personal Representative Need an Attorney?
- What Documents Does a Personal Representative Need to Start Probate?
- What Fees are Generally Involved with Probate?
- What is Probate Litigation?