Find Estate Administration Lawyer

Find Estate Administration Lawyer

Estate Administration

One of the most important processes that an individual is part of occurs during the end of life. Estate administration concerns how to wrap up the final affairs of someone who has passed, including settling debts, distributing assets, and notifying the appropriate government entities.


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Handling End-of-Life Affairs

Estate planning can vary significantly depending on how prepared the deceased was. If the deceased had a valid will, the administration process is much different than if they did not.

Estate Administration With a Will

If someone passes away and they have a will, the first step of the estate administration process will be to validate the will. Once the will has been validated, the individual designated as the executor by the will must be contacted. The executor will then take over the process and distribute assets and settle financial obligations according to the will’s instructions.

Estate Administration Without a Will

If there is no will to direct the process, the probate court will appoint an administrator. This individual will divide assets and settle outstanding debts according to the laws of the state. This can be troublesome for the family and friends of the deceased as most states only distribute assets to the closest immediate family members and do not give to any charities, friends, or important people in the deceased’s life. Additionally, without a will, the administrator may sell sentimentally important assets in order to settle debts.

Planning For The Future

If you want to create a will to ensure that you can enforce your wishes when you are no longer able to advocate for yourself, you will need the help of an experienced Trusts & Estates attorney. A Trusts & Estates attorney can ensure that your life plans are legally enforceable and airtight by utilizing their experience and mastery of the subject matter.

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Estate Administration Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is estate administration?

Estate administration refers to the process of settling all financial dealings of an individual who has died. Estate administration includes fulfilling debts, contacting next of kin, and distributing assets and property according to a will or state law.

2. What is probate administration?

Probate administration, or just probate, refers to a part of estate administration where an individual is formally appointed to administer a deceased individual’s estate. The probate process changes depending on whether or not the deceased person left a will behind.

If there is a will, it must be validated, potential beneficiaries must be identified, and the executor of the will must be notified. If there isn’t a will, then the probate process will instead involve identifying the beneficiaries declared by state law and appointing a legal administrator according to state law.

3. Can an estate administrator sell property?

The short answer is yes. One of the responsibilities of an estate administrator is to settle all of the deceased’s outstanding debts. In order to accomplish this, the administrator may, with the court’s permission, sell assets in order to cover expenses or debts against the deceased.

4. How is an estate administrator appointed?

There are two kinds of estate administrators: executors and court-appointed administrators. An executor is an administrator appointed by the will of the deceased. This person will usually be a trusted individual or a legally-bound third party. An executor will oversee the distribution of assets and settling of debts according to the will’s instruction. A court-appointed administrator is selected in the event that an individual dies without a will. A state administrator will settle the affairs of the deceased according to state law.

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