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Determine which assets must be included in probate

If you are named as administrator of an estate, there may be some assets that fall out of the breadth and scope of the probate process. These non-probate assets must be dealt with separately as the rest of the decedent's estate goes through the probate process.

So . . . you're the estate executor. Now what?

Learning you have been named as executor of somebody's estate can come as a surprise. While it is better for the decedent to have already pre-arranged with his or her intended executor to carry out these duties, many never get around to having that important conversation.

Dodging family feuds while administering an estate

Elderly parents with several adult children sometimes elect to choose one child to be the executor of their estates when they die. This may give them comfort to think that they carefully selected the fairest and most responsible of their brood to carry out their final intentions, but this choice can foment bad blood between the siblings.

Are you up to managing the estate of your relative?

How convenient it would be if our loved ones always managed to have their affairs in tip-top shape at the time of their deaths. While some do manage to prepare for the inevitable and get their ducks in line, others' personal affairs are in disarray when they pass on.

When the administrator cannot serve in that capacity

There are cases where it is appropriate that the Public Guardian and Trustee administers estates when the circumstances do not permit the beneficiary, intestate successor, executor or other eligible person to serve in that capacity. When that occurs, the PGT can agree to an appointment as executor.

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