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ESTATE ADMINISTRATION

Estate administration is done after a person has died and his or her Executor is managing, controlling, and distributing the deceased person’s estate.  Executors have a number of responsibilities including:
 

  • arranging the funeral
  • locating and identifying assets and obtaining their values as of the date of death
  • identifying and obtaining the amounts of any debts and paying those debts
  • opening an estate bank account
  • taking control of assets (e.g. possession of keys to the home)
  • applying for a Certificate of Appointment of Estate Trustee with/without a Will
  • payment of any outstanding income taxes, accounting fees, executor’s compensation
  • distribution of the estate assets in accordance with the provisions of the Last Will and Testament or according to the law if the deceased died without a Will
  • to act fairly, with integrity and in the best interests of Estate

The Estate Administration team at Prouse, Dash & Crouch LLP have many years of specialized practice in advising Executors on all matters relating to the administration of the estate including the work to be done, how best to do that work, and suggesting solutions to any problems that arise.  Our lawyers will work with you, the Executor, to help ensure the estate is administered smoothly and efficiently.