What does a personal representative do?

A will’s validity is assessed by the probate court, and a personal representative is appointed by the probate judge. The personal representative has the following duties:
  • identify, locate and gather the assets of the deceased
  • appraise/value the assets of the estate
  • receive all payments due and owing to the estate
  • set up necessary bank accounts
  • investigate all claims against the estate
  • pay funeral bills and other valid debts and claims (including income and estate taxes)
  • pay all lawful expenses required to administer the estate
  • distribute property per the instructions provided in the deceased’s will and/or state law
  • close the estate and finalize probate

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