As the Hearse Pulls Away

During the course of an estate's administration, a personal representative performs four basic functions: (1) marshals assets; (2) determines and raises cash needs; (3) pays reasonable funeral expenses, debts, administration expenses and taxes; and (4) distributes assets in accordance with the terms of the decedent's will, trust agreement or, if the decedent dies without a will, the laws of intestate

During the course of an estate's administration, a personal representative performs four basic functions: (1) marshals assets; (2) determines and raises cash needs; (3) pays reasonable funeral expenses, debts, administration expenses and taxes; and (4) distributes assets in accordance with the terms of the decedent's will, trust agreement or, if the decedent dies without a will, the laws of intestate distribution.

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