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 agree and consent as to who shall serve as Personal Representative. In the event of a dispute, a judicial probate hearing will be set and the court will decide who should be the Personal Representative. The judge may appoint one of the contestants or a third party.
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