A person who is appointed as an estate Administrator or Executor is empowered to perform many tasks on behalf of a decedent’s estate. Generally, the fiduciary identifies and collects assets; resolves and pays the decedent’s debts and obligations; satisfies estate administration expenses such as estate and fiduciary income taxes; and provides an accounting and distributes the net estate to the beneficiaries. The New York Probate Lawyer Blog has published many articles describing and examining the estate settlement process.
Along with their administrative powers, fiduciaries also have many obligations sometimes referred to as fiduciary duties. In cases where there is a breach of fiduciary duty, the Surrogate’s Court can revoke the letters of appointment and remove a fiduciary from office. Continue reading