Estate Administration

Following the death of a Willmaker, all assets owned by a deceased person vests in the legal personal representatives named in the Will. The Legal Personal Representative is more commonly referred to as the Estate Executor.

Where a deceased person dies intestate (that is without a valid will), then the responsible person to administer the Estate is governed by the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules (UCPR). In most circumstances it is usually the surviving spouse or children of the deceased.

Executor Roles & Responsibilities

During the Estate Administration, the Executor has a number of legal and practical roles and responsibilities which include:

As can be seen by the tasks above, Estate Administration can range from being relatively simple and straightforward to extremely complex, time consuming and overwhelming for Executors.

OMB Solicitors have been administering estates on behalf of clients for over 40 years and we specialise in the area of estate administration. This area of law is a speciality and the work involved in properly administering an estate should not be underestimated.

Our experience shows that Executors can quite often find the administration process quite overwhelming. That’s where OMB Solicitors are here to help.

The role of an Executor is quite often an emotionally taxing one because the Executor is still grieving from the death of a loved one and coming to terms with the distribution of that person’s valuable and sentimental assets. More often than not, Executors rely upon OMB Solicitors to assist them wherever they can in the numerous estate administration processes. Of course it is ultimately the responsibility of the Executor to ensure the Will which appoints them as an Executor is upheld and the assets of the estate distributed in accordance with the terms of the Will.

OMB Solicitors are here to advise and assist Executors in the most time efficient, and as importantly, cost efficient manner to administer a deceased person’s estate.

At OMB, we understand how daunting and confusing some aspects of estate administration may appear to Executors. It is often the case that it is a first time role for an Executor. We can explain the process in plain language so Executors know what is required and expected of them.

For any estate administration, OMB Solicitors will always advise Executors on the likely timing that can be expected to administer the estate and, more importantly, the likely costs which the estate (not the Executor personally) will incur by engaging OMB Solicitors to administer the estate on their behalf.

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Will & Estate News

See attached news articles by OMB for more information and recent developments in this area of law: