Though you may feel overwhelmed by grief, you know that your recently deceased loved one left you a job to do. You may not know much about acting as the executor of his or her estate, but you likely do understand the importance of the role. You may feel honored that your loved one trusted you to this position, and you undoubtedly want to complete the tasks associated with it in the best manner possible.
You may want to start by gaining information on the probate process. As the executor, you have the obligation of ensuring that the process is completed successfully and that any loose ends regarding your loved one’s estate are handled. What could that involve?
Many tasks of the executor
At times during the process, you may feel overwhelmed and wonder whether you are taking the right steps. Because probate is a serious legal process, it is understandable that you may feel that way. Before you even start, you may want to have some idea of the major tasks you will need to address, including:
- Obtaining the original death certificate and copies to provide when closing accounts
- Finding the will, trust and other estate planning documents that may apply during probate
- Locating and protecting your loved one’s remaining assets, including from surviving loved ones who believe they have a claim
- Filing letters testamentary with the court to obtain legal authority as the executor
- Paying your loved ones remaining bills and taxes with estate funds in order of priority
- Remembering that the probate process can take a considerable amount of time
Of course, these examples represent only the broad aspects of probate. You may need to take many more steps to ensure that you properly handle each task that needs completing.
Like many other people in this role, you may not understand the entirety of the process. Fortunately, you do not have to muddle through on your own and wonder whether you are doing what is right. You can work with an experienced Nevada probate attorney who could explain the process, discuss your authority and responsibilities as executor, and ensure that you feel comfortable taking the necessary steps to complete the process. If you have questions or concerns, your attorney could help you find the right answers and feel more comfortable.