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Get help if you're made an estate executor after a parent's death

Your mother and father had never talked to you about their will or their estate. That's why it was so shocking to you that you were appointed as the executor. Now, at a time when you are grieving your loss, you have a number of responsibilities to take care of.

When your parents chose an executor, they likely chose an alternative as well. The first thing that you should know is that you are able to turn down this position and have the court appoint a new executor when necessary. If you don't believe that you can handle this while grieving, you may wish to speak with your attorney about turning down the opportunity to be the executor and passing it on to someone else.

If you do think that you can handle being an executor, remember that your parents chose you because they believed that you are an honest person and have the integrity needed to take care of their estate.

What kinds of jobs do executors have to do?

Executors have a few responsibilities. These include:

  • Paying taxes on the estate
  • Making court appearance on behalf of the estate
  • Maintaining the property within the estate until the estate is settled
  • Paying bills for the estate
  • Distributing assets in accordance with a will

Be aware that to perform these actions, you will need money. That money comes from the estate and should not come out of your pocket. It is possible that the will that you are working with will have complexities that you were not expecting. If you find that this is too difficult or that you need more guidance, it is a good idea to reach out to your attorney as soon as possible.

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