When a person dies, his or her estate, regardless of size, must be administered. Estate administration is often a complex process, requiring the completion of many procedures within a required time frame; this complexity is frequently compounded by the personal loss from a decedent’s passing. Despite such difficulties, the administrator has a fiduciary duty to administer the estate competently, accurately, and fairly. Administering an estate is a substantial responsibility and should not be taken lightly. Incorrect estate administration could result in a lawsuit or the administrator being held in contempt of court. It is strongly recommended that a person appointed Personal Representative of an estate seek competent legal counsel for assistance.
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