San Antonio, TX asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Pennsylvania

Q: How long does it take for an attorney to become executor of an estate?

My mother passed away in October. I've been working with an attorney to settle her estate: me and the other heir's signed renunciation papers. I live in another state, and the others are unable to settle the estate.

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W. J. Winterstein Jr.
W. J. Winterstein Jr.
  • Probate Lawyer
  • Boyertown, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: Admitting a Will and having a named personal representative (Executor/Executrix) appointed is a pretty simple matter, in most cases, although a personal appearance by the personal representative at the Probate Clerk's office is usually required, to be sworn in.

That can happen where the other heirs have renounced their candidacy as personal representative, in proper form.

The proceedings are similar where there is no Will, and the Probate Court is asked to appoint an Administrator (personal rep).

Every personal representative has statutory obligations imposed, so the office is not to be taken lightly.

Question your chosen attorney about the same issues. Creating a probate estate has several facets, and you need to understand what's happening.

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