When You are Named Executor: Tips and Guidelines in Managing a Loved One’s Estate

During the extremely difficult time of losing a loved one it is often the case that you find yourself having to deal with a myriad of different things (from funeral arrangements to dealing with the estate of the one passed). The grieving process can potentially make, making these decisions very difficult.


When dealing with the estate of a loved one who has passed it is often best to consult an estate lawyer. However, it is not necessary to do this immediately. You can give yourself some time to process and grieve. Allowing yourself a couple of weeks before entering into a space where you have to make any big decisions, may help to lessen how overwhelming these decisions can feel.


If you are executor of your loved one’s estate and do not have sufficient funds to hire a lawyer remember that a probate lawyers fees are paid from the estate and not by the executor him/herself. However, be careful of hidden costs and make sure to establish open communication and a fee agreement with your lawyer before starting. http://www.alllaw.com/articles/nolo/wills-trusts/paying-probate-lawyer-costs-types-fees.html offers some helpful guidelines and tips on how to protect yourself and have a better understanding of charges.


If you are looking for a pro-bono lawyer you can search for legal aid/ pro bono lawyers on http://attorneys.superlawyers.com ,however, do not just choose any lawyer. It is important to do your homework. Research the lawyer you are considering working with, read up on reviews etc.


Remember that this is a difficult time and emotions can often cloud your judgement so move slowly and cautiously. If possible ask a friend to look through everything with you. Take a breath and work through these things at your own pace. Remember to be kind to yourself and reach out for help if you need it.


Author: Mary-Anne Elizabeth Wright

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