General Obligations of a Personal Representative

  • Administer the Estate. The Personal Representative’s primary duty is to ensure that the terms of the will, when there is one, or intestate succession, when there is no will, are carried out. This involves identifying and gathering the decedent’s assets, paying off valid debts and taxes, and distributing the remaining assets to the estate’s beneficiaries (when there is a will) or heirs at law (when there is no will).
  • While the executor is responsible for following the terms of the will, they must also operate within the boundaries of Indiana law, and are accountable to the probate court for their actions.