Often an Executor or Administrator (also known as a personal representative) has never been placed in a role of being responsible for the property of others. A personal representative of an estate may be held personally liable if the estate is not administered correctly.
One of the biggest lessons we try to convey to personal representatives is that it is easier and less costly to prevent mistakes rather than fix them after they are made. Sometimes mistakes, once made, cannot be fixed at all.
An experienced attorney can provide the legal guidance you need to administer an estate correctly and efficiently, including notifying heirs and creditors, identifying and marshaling assets, handling claims and paying debts, filing tax returns, distributing assets to beneficiaries and preparing accountings and other required filings with the Clerk of Court.