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If my name is on the decedent’s account, should I pay the bills?

No. All estate debts should be considered after the creditors file their claims. If there isn’t enough money in the estate to pay claims in full they will need to be pro-rated. Although you may legally continue to operate an account as a joint owner, those funds typically are not probate assets. So, you may … Read moreIf my name is on the decedent’s account, should I pay the bills?

What’s the difference in being Power of Attorney, Executor or Personal Representative?

When someone appoints you as their power-of-attorney, also known as an “attorney-in-fact,” you are the person’s (the principal’s) agent with authority to act on that person’s behalf. When the principal dies, the agency ends immediately and so the power-of-attorney no longer exists. The person appointed to probate or administer the deceased person’s estate is known … Read moreWhat’s the difference in being Power of Attorney, Executor or Personal Representative?

How does someone become Personal Representative in the will?

Even if named Personal Representative in the Will, one does not become the Personal Representative until the Court issues Letters of Administration which officially appoints the person Personal Representative. If there is no Will, the estate will be administered as “intestate” and the statutory order of priority of appointment will apply unless the interested persons … Read moreHow does someone become Personal Representative in the will?

What is an Ancillary Estate?

An Ancillary Estate is a kind of piggy-back probate procedure that has to be performed in another State, for example, if the decedent owns real estate located in another state, an Ancillary Estate will need to be opened in that other state. Contact us now to inquire about our probate related law services.