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Becoming an executor? Here's what to know

During probate, your loved one's will is reviewed to decide if it's authentic and valid. This process can be time intensive, but it is a necessary step in guaranteeing that your loved one's last wishes are known and carried out.

When a person dies without a will, they are known as dying intestate. An intestate estate can also be assigned if the will presented to the court is found to be invalid for some reason. If your loved one's estate is found to be an intestate estate, the probate court will appoint an administrator to oversee the estate and to pay off outstanding debts from the estate's assets.

What happens if your loved one dies with a will?

For those who die with a will, the custodian of that will has to go to court or take the will to the named executor of the estate. The court reviews the will and determines if it is authentic. If so, then the executor in the will is officially appointed and receives the power to act on the behalf of the estate.

What happens when you're appointed as the executor of an estate?

If you become the executor, then you will be in charge of overseeing the estate and making sure creditors receive payments. Additionally, you'll be in charge of filing the final tax return for the estate and making sure all assets are distributed to beneficiaries after the debts and taxes are paid.

Our site has more on probate and what you should know if you become the executor of the estate.

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