What To Do When a Loved One Passes Away?

If you are the executor or representative of the will, you should meet with an attorney to review the steps necessary to administer the will. While the exact rules of estate planning differ from state to state, the key actions include: 
  • File the will, and file a petition in probate court to be appointed executor.
  • Collect the assets. This means that you need to find out about everything the deceased owned and file a list of inventory with the court.
  • Pay the bills and taxes. If an estate tax return is due, it must be filed within nine months of the date of death.
  • Distribute property to the heirs. Generally, executors do not pay out all of the estate assets until the period for creditors to make claims runs out which can be as long as a year.
  • Finally, you must file an account with the court listing all expenses and estate distributions as well as any income to the estate since the date of death.
Contact us at Elder Law Associates PA, we can help clarify the details of this process.

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