A personal representative (or executor) is a person that takes care of the financial and other affairs of a deceased person, after they have passed away.

When a person passes away, a personal representative is required to help gather the assets of the person’s estate, open a probate administration in the county of the person’s death, follow the directions of their will, arrange for the payment of the deceased person’s creditors/obligations, pay any taxes, and arrange for the estate’s payment of funeral and other burial expenses.

The personal representative can be a family member, friend, lawyer, or other trusted individual.


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