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Estate Administration FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

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What Does It Mean if A Person Does "Intestate?"

A:

This is when a person dies without a will declaring how property will be distributed

Q:

What Does Probate Court Do?

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Probate court supervises the process of distributing a person's estate, including all debts, taxes, and financial matters. They make sure that debts are paid off and that property is transferred to the right people.

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Who Handles the Estate when A Person Dies without A Will?

A:

If a person dies without a will, the probate court will appoint a person to serve as an executor, usually a person who is named in the will or a next-of-kin resident of the state. The executor is tasked with overseeing the distribution of the estate according to the will.

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What Are the Duties of The Executor (or Administrator) of An Intestate Estate?

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This individual must follow the instructions stated in the will. The primary duties include inventorying and appraising any property, collecting assets, paying off debts and expenses, and distributing assets to beneficiaries.