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Any person named to act as personal representative shall, within 30 days after he or she has knowledge that he or she is named to act as personal representative, and has knowledge of the death of the testator, file the will in the proper court, unless the will has been otherwise deposited with the court.
- Collect, inventory and possess all of the decedent's assets and file the inventory with the court.- Maintain necessary insurance on the property.- Collect all income and rents from decedent's estate and manage the estate.- Handle all claims against the estate.- Pay out of the estate all expenses of administration, taxes, charges and claims.- Prepare a complete final accounting and file it with the court.- Distribute the remaining assets to the proper beneficiaries and file receipts with the court.- Keep all interested parties fully informed of the estate progress and provide them with copies of any paperwork required.- Obey and perform the probate court's orders.
Domiciliary Letters give the Personal Representative the authority to act on behalf of the estate of the decedent and to perform all duties required to administer the estate according to statute.
A person nominated as personal representative in a will does not have authority to act as personal representative until appointed by the probate court.
Not all probate proceedings require Domiciliary Letters to release property and accounts.