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What Is a Personal Representative?

A personal representative also referred to as an executor or an administrator is an individual trusted by someone to manage his properties or monetary belongings. When a person dies leaving all his properties behind, a personal representative’s role is to settle the decedent’s affairs.

A personal representative may also be appointed for a living person. A minor for instance, may need a personal representative to make all the legal decisions for him. A person may be assigned under the provisions of probate courts by appointment of the court, nominated by will or chosen by the living person. A personal representative should have the qualities or duties of loyalty, honesty and good faith. The duties of a chosen one can be very complicated that is why they often work with a legal attorney to help with the process. Even if appointed by will, a person can be denied of the representation of a diseased person if he does not meet the legal criteria under the applicable law. In cases wherein there is no will left by the diseased, the court has the right to appoint a person who has the priority to serve as a personal representative. In handling the finances of a living person, the representative is required or most probably obliged to manage the properties as closely as possible to ascertain that the wishes of that person are achieved. For cases of a last will, the representative should be responsible enough to notify the creditors of the departed and ensure that the statements be done in satisfaction of the will.

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