Practical Guidance for the Executor

If you’ve been appointed as an Independent Executor, you are responsible for administering the estate of a person who died, which generally includes: (1) gathering the estate’s assets, (2) paying debts, and (3) distributing the remaining assets to those who are entitled to them under the Will.  But that seemingly-simple process can become complicated depending on the size of the estate, the terms of the will, and the relationships among the beneficiaries. An attorney can walk you through the process and help you handle the uncertainties, but here are some practical tips to help get you started.