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Personal Representative/Executor


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A Personal Representative -- known in some states as an Executor (Executrix) or Personal Administrator -- is the person who is responsible for carrying out your wishes and administering your estate after your death.

A Personal Representative is appointed in a Will. While the appointment is subject to the approval of the probate court in your local jurisdiction, judges will usually go along with your choice unless there is a good reason not to do so. This should not be a problem if you choose carefully both your Personal Representative and a person to take over in case your first choice cannot serve or decides not to serve.

Before a person can serve as a Personal Representative, courts generally require a type of insurance policy known as a bond to assure faithful performance. Bonds cost money. In your Will, you can request that the requirement for a bond be waived.

Assure your wishes will be carried out by discussing your wishes with your Personal Representative.

If you die without a Will, or don't name a Personal Representative, a court will appoint an Administrator. It is preferable for you to make a choice. A court appointed representative may not know anything about you or your loved ones.

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