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The Importance of Designating an Estate Administrator

Do you know what will happen to your property and assets after you're gone? If you are young and healthy, this may seem like an irrelevant question, but it's not. Everyone should be aware of the future of their property and take steps to put things in order for the sake of their family and friends. Without proper estate planning or a carefully drafted will, things can become very difficult during the estate administration process.

The need for estate administration arises if an estate must pass through probate under court supervision. It is in these instances that a responsible party must be appointed as executor or administrator. If the name of an executor is included in the will, then they will be the one to manage the distribution of property. If there is no executor appointed however, then the court will appoint someone, this person is referred to as an administrator.

Responsibilities of the Estate Administrator

With most cases, the court will also ask that the administrator post a court-ordered bond, this can help protect against any mishandling of the estate. The administrator is responsible for transferring the title of property, paying the estate taxes along with any debts of the decedent, paying for the expenses of administration and distributing the remaining assets to the entitled beneficiaries. It is essential when handling the property of a decedent, that the executor is cautious to keep of all that property separate from their own. All estate checks, cash, stocks, bonds and property must be kept in separate accounts and should not be intermingled with the executor's property.

Benefits of Creating a Will

After a person passes away, their property is assessed and taxed before the remainder is distributed according to the deceased person's will. If there is no legal will, the property is often fought over through litigation. This could be avoided by creating a detailed will and by appointing an estate administrator to oversee the proper distribution of your assets after you're gone. The court will assign its own administrator to do so if you do not, which means that your will could be misinterpreted and your property distributed incorrectly. It is your duty to take the necessary steps and to provide for those you love. If you want to know how to appoint an administrator, call the offices of Grant N. McKeehan, PLC today to speak with a Scottsdale estate planning attorney.

The Estate Administration Process in Arizona

One of the very first things that an executor should do is to obtain the will, make its contents known to immediate family and file the decedent's will with the court in the county in which they lived. Then they must submit the application for court appointment to be executor. Once the executor has officially been appointed by the court, then they have the legal authority to administer the estate of the deceased. First priority then would be to secure the decedent's home if no one else is occupying it. The executor would go through the home and take inventory of all the contents including any security boxes, they would also ensure that the insurance is current on the home until it is sold or transferred. The executor is also responsible to file the decedent's final federal and state tax returns and to pay any taxes that they owe.

How long does the estate administration process take?

The estate administration process can last anywhere from several month to several years. Some estates takes longer to administer because they are larger in size, there are a high number of relatives and individuals named in the will who may be challenging it, or due to time consuming tax negotiations as the administrator clears up any unresolved affairs of the deceased. Many people get the probate process confused with the estate administration process. In truth, probate is just one of the first steps of the administration process- it is the time it takes for the court to validate the authenticity of the will.

Once that part is taken care of, the executor can handle the rest. Due to the complex nature of estate administration and proper record keeping, many executors call upon the experienced guidance of an estate administration attorney to handle the details. This is very common because typically the executor does not have any knowledge of the estate administration process.

Hire an Estate Planning Lawyer in Scottsdale

Looking for a lawyer for your estate administration case in Scottsdale? For more than nine years, Attorney McKeehan has assisted clients in estate planning and estate administration cases of all kinds including cases involving real estate and federal taxes. By providing excellent communication and caring representation, Grant seeks to keep his clients in the know about what is being done with their assets and property. You deserve a lawyer who will care for you and the outcome of your planning, so contact a Scottsdale estate administration attorney from Grant N. McKeehan, PLC right away.

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