The Difference Between the Executor of a Will and the Administrator of an Estate
If the deceased person left a will, the will usually names a chosen executor of the will. If the executor of the will accepts the role, then there is no need for the estate to have an administrator. In the following circumstances, though, there is an administrator of the estate instead of an executor:
- The executor designated in the will declines the role of executor
- The executor designated in the will has died, and the author of the will did not specify who should replace him or her
- The deceased person did not leave a will
Your Duties as the Administrator of an Estate
When you are the administrator of an estate, your duties may include the following:
- Formally accepting your role as administrator during a hearing at the probate court
- Determining the value of each asset owned by the deceased person
- Publishing an announcement saying that the estate is in probate and creditors may request payment of the deceased person’s outstanding debts
- Selling assets belonging to the estate to pay the debts, if necessary
- Paying the statutory fees on the estate
- Disbursing money from the estate to the deceased person’s family members or other heirs
You might not need to perform all of those duties. It depends on what kinds of property the decedent owned, what debts they owned, and whether they left a will, among other factors.
Being the Administrator of an Estate is Easier Than You Think
Some estates qualify for simplified probate proceedings, which are quicker and less costly than a full probate. Estates that go to probate in 2020 are eligible for simplified probate proceedings if their value is less than $166,250.
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