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What Are the Duties of an Executor or Administrator?

An executor is a person or institution appointed by a testator to carry out the terms of their will and administer the estate. An administrator is a person legally appointed by the court to manage and administer the estate of someone who died without a will. So while the two roles are not the same, they do fulfill the same duties and responsibilities once they are in position. In Florida, a deceased person’s estate is administered by the Personal Representative. Duties & Responsibilities: Gathering Estate Assets: The first task on the Personal Representative’s agenda is to identify and secure the estate’s...

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What Executors Need to Know About the Probate Process

The probate process is the court-supervised means of gathering a deceased individual’s assets and distributing to the person’s creditors and inheritors. As an estate executor in Florida, the probate process depends on the Uniform Probate Code (UPC). The UPC is a set of probate laws written by a group of national experts. The collection of laws were initially intended for adoption in all 50 states. The state of Florida is one of the sixteen states that adopted the law. The UPC’s goal is to make the probate process simpler, particularly for smaller estates. It is also designed to offer executors...

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Know How the Probate Process Works

Probate is the legal process through which the court officially recognizes a will’s validity and supervises the designated executor. The executor carries out the wishes of the deceased individual according to the will. When someone passes away without a will or estate plan in place, probate is the legal process the court uses to supervise the carrying out of the distribution of the deceased’s estate in accordance with Florida state law. The majority of those designated as executors of an estate are new to probate court and the probate process as a whole. Know what to expect by considering the common...

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