If you find out you are the lucky individual who has been named the executor of an estate, do you know the very first thing you should do once the testator has passed away? Answer: file the testator’s will and death certificate with the clerk of the court in the county where the testator resided when they passed away.
Once the will has been filed, if it is determined you need to get the ball rolling in the probate process, you must complete and file a request to the court called a petition for probate. This petition must be filed with the court clerk in the county where the testator resided at the time of his death. Executors may attempt to complete the probate process on their own but you can save yourself a lot of time and stress by hiring an attorney to do it for you.
Also, there are definitely legal responsibilities imposed upon an executor of an estate. For example, if you know there is a legal and valid will and you do not file it with the clerk of the court you can be held responsible (which is a class 3 felony).