What is Probate Administration?

Probate administration is a judicial process by which a person’s assets are distributed upon their death. Probate is required if the decedent has no will or has a will and assets titled in only their name.

 

What is the Probate Process?

The probate process is regulated by the local circuit court. The court appoints a Commissioner of Accounts to manage and supervise the probate process. Probate rules are the laws established by the Commonwealth which govern this process.

Who is an Executor?

An executor is the person who administers a person’s estate upon their death. Before they can become the executor, a person must qualify before the probate court, make an oath, and pay certain fees and costs. The executor also has to file an inventory and an annual accounting with the Commissioner. Once all of the requirements are met, the executor may then make a final distribution of the remaining assets to the beneficiaries and close the estate.

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