An Executor is a legal term used in a will to designate the individual to serve as the personal representative of the estate and carry out the wishes of the decedent. In order to undertake your duties as an Executor, you must present a Petition for admission of the will to Probate Court at which time you will be sworn in by a court clerk in a brief visit to the Register of Wills office. You will be then be issued documents that prove you have legal authority to act on behalf of the estate including the collection of assets owned by the decedent to be deposited into an estate account that you will open at the bank of your choice.
In summary, your duties will include identifying and locating all assets owned by the decedent; selling and/or transferring those assets to the estate account or the beneficiaries; identifying and paying all valid debts of the decedent and estate administration expenses including inheritance tax; getting tax clearance from the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue; closing the estate and making final distribution to the heirs pursuant to the terms of the will. The attorneys at Evashavik Law, LLC have extensive experience with this process and can easily assist and guide you to properly perform and satisfy the duties of an Executor.