What you need to know as an estate personal representative

On Behalf of | May 6, 2024 | Estate Planning

Personal representatives of estates play an essential role in managing and distributing assets when their owners pass away. However, despite the significance of the role, many accept the position unaware of its extensive responsibilities and demands. This often leads to adverse consequences for the estate and its beneficiaries.

If you are an estate personal representative, here are basic information you should know about your role.

Your duties and expectations of you

As the personal representative of someone’s estate, you must familiarize yourself with the responsibilities and tasks your role holds. Generally, this includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Managing the estate’s finances
  • Maintaining the estate’s properties
  • Initiating the probate process
  • Locating and making an inventory of assets
  • Appraising estate properties
  • Settling outstanding debts and taxes
  • Distributing assets

Depending on the estate and the deceased’s estate plan, you may have other unique responsibilities as a personal representative.

The importance of communication

In probate, disputes and challenges often arise because of lack of a transparency and trust between the involved parties. As a personal representative, keeping open and regular communication with the beneficiaries about the process and any decisions you make about the estate can help manage expectations and reduce conflicts.

You are allowed to seek help

Being an estate personal representative can be overwhelming and time-consuming. Nonetheless, you can get through the process as quickly and painlessly as possible with the guidance of a legal representative experienced in estate planning and probate. If you are unsure about any aspect of your duties or need guidance with your tasks, know that you can receive assistance from a professional.