What is an Administrator of an Estate?

You may have heard the term "administrator of an estate" if you are involved in a probate. The term is used if someone dies without a will. The probate court appoints an administrator of the estate to distribute the decedent’s property under California probate law.

If there was a will, the person named in the will to carry out the decedent's wishes is an "executor" of the estate. Executor or administrator may also be identified under the generic term of personal representative.

No matter which term is used, the duties are essentially the same. The personal representative must collect, protect and distribute the decedent’s property under the supervision of a probate court.

If you are an administrator of an estate, don’t struggle alone. I can help you. My fees are very reasonable and I’m always happy to answer your questions.

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Has a bank representative told you that you need “Letters” in order to access a decedent's bank account? Contact me to find out if that is really necessary. Letters are only issued by a probate judge