Can I be liable for fraud if I thought I was the executor of the estate, but found none has been assigned? 1 Answers as of September 23, 2017

I am the legal next of kin to my parent’s estate, who had no spouse. I thought this made me the executor of the estate. I told the insurance company that I was, because I believed I was. The court notified me, no one has been assigned. There was no intent to defraud, just protect my mother’s assets. Can I potentially be held liable, even after I notify the insurance company of the mix up?

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Klisz Law Office, PLLC | Timothy J. Klisz
Your question is quite confusing. I'm assuming there was no will. In order to start probate, you need to petition the court to be appointed personal representative. I'd need to know more to advise you further.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 9/23/2017
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