A personal representative or an executor is someone named in a will to administer the decedent’s probate estate. Your will should name the individual you would like to serve as your personal representative or executor. When you make a will, you need to identify someone to carry out your wishes and distribute your assets.
If someone dies without a will, the estate is called intestate and the court will appoint a personal representative.
If you are named the personal representative of someone’s estate and you have questions about your responsibilities, or if the deceased’s family objects to your being appointed as personal representative, you should contact an attorney who could explain the role of personal representatives or to convince the judge to honor the deceased’s wishes.
To talk to a probate, trust and estates attorney in Chicago or Lombard, contact the Estate & Probate Legal Group at 630.800.0112.