How to Be the Worst Personal Representative Ever

Method 1: Ignore the court.

Executors, also called personal representatives, are appointed to manage an estate during the probate process. Even though this process is supervised by the probate court, executors are responsible for most of the important steps. This means you can ignore the court whenever you like, not show up at hearings, be rude to court employees, and otherwise act as if the court is an annoying afterthought.

Method 2: Take advantage of your new position to benefit yourself, your friends, and your family.

If you’ve been suddenly appointed to serve as a personal representative, you may find yourself in the position of having personal control over the decedent’s bank accounts, investments, and other valuable property. Use this property as your own personal entertainment account and indulge in any whim you see fit. Do not act responsibly and manage the property as a fiduciary, keeping the best interests of the beneficiaries in mind.

Method 3: Be your own lawyer.

You don’t need to understand the intricacies of probate laws or court rulings to know how to act as a personal representative. All you have to do is wing it, or better yet, rely on what you see in the movies or on TV. A good Internet connection can be helpful true. After all, if it’s written on the internet it has to be true. There’s absolutely no need to speak to an experienced probate attorney to protect your interests and advise you about properly managing an estate.

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  • ChauncyFebruary 2, 2018 at 10:02 pm


    My Aunt is a personal representative for a will and all the beneficiaries on the will decided to pass on the bond due to cost. She does not live in the state where the will is recorded, NC. Therefore, her lawyer suggested her to hand over the rights to be the personal representative to him since he is doing all the paperwork. Could giving the attorney the rights to be the personal representative make my Aunt vulnerable in any way, shape or form?

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