When Your Loved One Leaves a Will

A will helps simplify the legal process. If your loved one created a will, the first step is typically to file an application with the court to admit the document for probate.

Most wills, especially those drafted by attorneys, designate an executor, an individual in charge of ensuring all provisions are met and followed as closely as possible.

Most wills will also commission the executor serve as an independent administrator and waive the bond. If such designation is not made, a bond must be posted before Letters Testamentary may be issued.

Letters Testamentary are given to the executor by the court after the will has been admitted to probate and authorize him or her to administer the estate.