As an executor, you will have many duties while settling a loved ones estate, including handling probate tasks. If youre just beginning the process, it can be especially confusing. Weve outlined some important information to help you better understand the process and make sure that you keep up with your responsibilities. Take a look at the information below to learn more. If you have any questions about the probate process, meet with an estate planning probate attorney.
Attending the probate hearing
Once you file the petition, the court will assign a hearing date. You will attend this meeting in order to learn about the courts ruling. The court will make many important decisions at this hearing.
In this hearing, the court will determine if the will is valid. The court will make sure that all laws were followed when creating the will and that it is the decedents actual will.
It will also decide if youre capable of handling the duties associated with serving as an executor. In most cases, the chosen executor is the one who serves.
The court will also ensure that you have correctly notified heirs and followed all court ordered steps.
If anyone objects to you serving as the executor or if anyone objects to the will, the court will also hear his or her arguments.
A person may object to you serving as executor if he or she feels you are irresponsible or unable to handle finances. If the court doesnt appoint you as executor, they will have to choose another individual.
Its important to make sure that you understand the probate process so that youre able to handle an estates affairs. Take the time to learn about probate before beginning your important duties as executor. And, get good legal advice. If you have any additional questions, or if you need help with your probate affairs, consult with a qualified estate planning probate attorney.