Estate administration can be a big job depending upon the size of the estate, and involves a mixture of legal, administrative, accounting, and often personal mediation skills. Most estates are finalized within 6 months of the executor's appointment, but depending on the complexity of the estate administration, it can take much longer. Within those 6 or more months, the job requires a considerable amount of time and energy. It may be necessary or advisable to hire an attorney to assist you.
For more details on executor responsibilities, read our Executor Checklist and Estate Administration Guide.
This article contains general legal information and does not contain legal advice. Rocket Lawyer is not a law firm or a substitute for an attorney or law firm. The law is complex and changes often. For legal advice, please ask a lawyer.