Who (or What) can be a Personal Representative?

It depends on your state laws. However, the following are general guidelines. The personal representative:

•Could be an individual, bank, or trust company, subject to certain restrictions.
•Must be an individual who is either a resident of the state in which the probate proceedings is taking place, or is a spouse, sibling, parent, child, or certain other close relative.
•Could be a trust company incorporated under the laws of the state in which the probate proceeding is taking place, or a bank or savings and loan authorized and qualified to exercise fiduciary powers in that state.

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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