What is a deceased estate?
Its never easy to deal with the passing of a close friend or family member, and managing a deceased estate is a reality that many of us may face at some point in our lives. Having some familiarity with the process before the time comes may hopefully relieve the burden.
When someone dies, their assets and liabilities are called the estate. Their assets are their property and belongings that have value, such as a house, car, shares and investments.
Most of the time, the deceased person has left instructions on what needs to happen with the estate in their will. The people who inherit the deceased persons estate are called the beneficiaries.
A deceased estate includes all the assets and liabilities, or debts, that the person had when they died.
Assets can include:
Read more about being a beneficiary.
Who manages the deceased estate?
A legal personal representative (referred to as an executor or administrator) is responsible for administering an estate. The executor will be named in the persons will, if they have one.
The legal personal representative makes sure the deceased persons final wishes are carried out.
Just some of their responsibilities include:
Read more about what an executor does.
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