What is the Personal Representative responsible for accomplishing?

The personal representative has a variety of responsibilities:
  • Identify, gather, evaluate, and safeguard all probate assets
  • Publish a “notice to creditors” giving notice of the administration of the estate, along with the requirements to file a claim
  • Serve a “notice of administration” to specific people to give notice of any requirements to file objections regarding the estate
  • Notify all reasonably ascertainable creditors
  • Object to improper claims and defend any resulting lawsuits
  • Pay valid claims
  • File tax returns
  • Pay taxes
  • Employ necessary professionals to assist in the process
  • Pay administrative expenses
  • Distribute assets to surviving family
  • Distribute assets to other beneficiaries
  • Close probate administration