When people find out that they have been named as an Executor in a recently deceased family member’s Will, they have many questions about what they should do. Most people do not have a lot of experience administering estates and they need to discover what their responsibilities and duties are. This can lead many people to seek information online. Unfortunately, as in almost every other area of knowledge, there is a lot of bad information online.
What Executors should do is to schedule an appointment with a Probate attorney in the area. These are the people who are the actual experts with the local rules and have the experience necessary to help the Executor. Often, they can even do most of the work for the Executor.
If you have been named as an Executor, you do not necessarily have to pay for an attorney. In most cases, the attorney’s fees can come out of the estate. This makes it even less excusable to not get an attorney to help you. Not only does a Probate attorney not cost you anything, the attorney makes it so that you do not have to worry whether the information you read online is accurate or not.