Understanding Your Responsibilities As An Estate Executor

Estate executors are the individuals named in a will who are responsible for carrying out the terms of a will. While this can seem like a straightforward process, it is not always clear-cut. If a will is contested, outdated or not as detailed as necessary, there can be many complex legal issues to resolve. Even if a will is thoroughly drafted, estate executors must follow proper procedures or potentially risk legal action against them personally.

At Cipriani & Werner, P.C., we help estate executors understand and carry out their responsibilities lawfully in the best interests of heirs and beneficiaries. We personally work with our clients in Harrisburg and throughout Pennsylvania to ensure they have experienced guidance from a seasoned attorney every step of the way.

If you are dealing with complex estate issues as an executor, contact us today to arrange a consultation. We are here to help.

Where Do I Start?

The first step to finalizing a loved one's affairs is getting proper paperwork in order to prove that you represent the estate. This involves gathering the will, death certificate, identification and proper payment to the Register of Wills, who then grants letters of administration that allow you to execute your duties as the estate executor. These probate and estate administration duties may include:

  • Gathering assets of the estate
  • Protecting the property of the estate and the interests of heirs and beneficiaries as they relate to the estate
  • Determining which, if any, assets must be liquidated
  • Paying estate taxes
  • Satisfying any claims from creditors or other parties who have claims against the estate
  • Investing estate assets when appropriate
  • Distributing assets to heirs and beneficiaries

Along the way, you will need to communicate regularly with stakeholders in the estate and help resolve disputes that may arise between family members or other parties with interests in the estate.

Our lawyers are here to help ensure this process runs smoothly for you and all parties involved. If you have questions, we are happy to answer them. Contact our office online or call 717-884-8923 to set up an appointment.