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Estate Planning

Estate Planning Management

The administration of the estate can be completed either formally or informally.  Under the formal method, the Personal Representative prepares and files with the court an accounting of his or her administration.  Notice is given to all interested parties and they have the opportunity to appear before the court and object to the accounting.  After the court issues its decree, the Personal Representative distributes the assets to the beneficiaries.

Under the informal method, the Personal Representative prepares a Family Settlement Agreement and informal accounting.  Once all the beneficiaries and any other necessary parties have signed the agreement, the Personal Representative can distribute the assets and avoid the additional costs and delay of a formal accounting.

Personal Representative or Executor

A Personal Representative (often called an Executor) is the person who is designated to manage the Estate Administration process.  Their responsibility includes initiating the Estate Administration process, notifying all interested parties, managing the assets, paying all of the estate’s debts, and distributing assets to beneficiaries.  The Personal Representative works closely with the attorney throughout the process.  The Personal Representative can be paid a reasonable fee for his or her time and effort in administering the estate.

In most cases, the Personal Representative will not be personally liable for any estate expenses, including the payment of taxes.  You would, however, as part of your fiduciary duty, be responsible for paying all estate expenses from the assets of the estate.  If there are not enough assets to pay all estate expenses, the Government of Pennsylvania determines the priority of the expenses to be paid.

Frequently Asked Questions About Estate Planning

Why is estate planning important?

If you care about how your financial and personal assets are distributed after your death, then it’s very important for you to team up with an estate planning attorney. This process usually involves the creation of a legal document known as the Last Will and Testament, which provides instructions on how your estate will be distributed after you die. The Last Will and Testament includes things such as how your final bills will be paid and who will oversee the administration of your estate.

How do I prepare for estate planning?

We recommend that you create an estate plan while you still have the ability and capacity to do so. The attorneys at Gummer Elder Law can help walk you through the process.

Do you or a loved one need an estate planning attorney? Gummer Elder Law can guide you through the process. We serve seniors in Bucks County, PA.