Understand how to make the process go more smoothly.
When someone passes away, they often choose a trustee to oversee their estate’s administration. The trustee has many responsibilities, including contacting probate court, locating all assets, obtaining the tax ID number, paying the taxes and distributing assets to beneficiaries. If an estate incurs expenses due to mistakes or omissions, the trustee can be held liable. A trustee has duties both to the beneficiaries and to any creditors, and these responsibilities can be overwhelming. An estate planning attorney can help you prevent mistakes and navigate the county courts.