How can I find out if my mother had a personal representative? 19 Answers as of March 18, 2014

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Law Ofices of Edwin K. Niles | Edwin K. Niles
I can only guess at what you are asking. Please, more facts.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 3/17/2014
James Law Group
James Law Group | Christine James
If you don't know you can assume she didn't and file for probate unless you have reason to believe she has a will naming an executor or died a long time ago.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 3/18/2014
C Page Hamrick Attorney at Law | C Page Hamrick
FOR WEST VIRGINIA ONLY: The appointment document for a personal representative over a decedent's estate, such as Administrator or Executor, would be on file a the clerk of the county commission for the county wherein the decedent died.
Answer Applies to: West Virginia
Replied: 3/17/2014
Ronald K. Nims LLC | Ronald K. Nims
A personal representative must be appointed by the probate court. To see if one has been appointed in your mother's case, check with the probate court in the county where your mother resided.
Answer Applies to: Ohio
Replied: 3/17/2014
Minor, Bandonis and Haggerty, P.C.
Minor, Bandonis and Haggerty, P.C. | Brian Haggerty
"Personal representative" is the person named in a will to handle the estate. Although the term "executor" hasn't been proper in Oregon for decades, the term "personal representative" just won't catch on with people.
Answer Applies to: Oregon
Replied: 3/17/2014
    Law Office Of Victor Waid
    Law Office Of Victor Waid | Victor Waid
    Personal representative for what?
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/17/2014
    Law Office of Jeffrey T. Reed | Jeffrey T. Reed
    Not sure why you need to know? Did she have a will? If she had a bank account there might be a record there. If there was a conservatorship set up you could check with the court in the county she lived to see. If you don?t know now she probably didn't have one.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/17/2014
    Ashcraft & Ashcraft, Ltd.
    Ashcraft & Ashcraft, Ltd. | Randall C. Romei
    A PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE WOULD BE APPOINTED BY THE PROBATE COURT TO HANDLE THE ESTATE OF THE DECEDENT. CHECK THE COURT RECORD IN THE COUNTY WHERE YOUR MOTHER RESIDED AT THE TIME OF HER DEATH. DETERMINE IF A PROBATE CASE WAS OPENED. IF THE VALUE OF THE ASSETS IN THE ESTATE ARE LESS THAN $100,000 THEN AN INTERESTED PERSON COULD USE A SMALL ESTATE AFFIDAVIT TO DEAL WITH THE ASSETS OF THE ESTATE.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 3/17/2014
    Law Office of Darin Kanfer | Darin J. Kanfer
    Contact the probate court in the county where she lived.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/17/2014
    Frederick & Frederick PLC | James P Frederick
    You would check with the county Probate Court to see if an estate was ever opened. This is part of the public record and the information is often available online.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/17/2014
    Goldsmith & Guymon
    Goldsmith & Guymon | Dara Goldsmith
    Contact the probate court where she resided at time of death to see if either a Will has been lodged or if an administration has been opened and who was appointed personal representative.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 3/17/2014
    Peters Law, PLLC
    Peters Law, PLLC | Mark T. Peters, Sr.
    Go to the court where she lived and find out if a probate estate was opened for her.
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
    Replied: 3/17/2014
    Kokish & Goldmanis, P.C.
    Kokish & Goldmanis, P.C. | Bernard H. Greenberg
    The best way is to read her Will. You may want to visit the probate court where her estate was probated to read that file as well. For further assistance, contact a lawyer specializing in estate administration.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 3/17/2014
    Law Office of Pamela Braynon | Pamela Y. Braynon
    If an estate was opened for your deceased mother, is a personal representative was named that person would be obligated to contact you as an interested party in the estate, because you are an heir of the decedent. You can check with the clerk of the court in the county where your mother lived or passed away to see if an estate was opened in her name.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 3/17/2014
    Sebby Law Office
    Sebby Law Office | Jayne Sebby
    Assuming that your mother is seriously ill or deceased and you can't ask her, you will need to look for her will. It may be among her papers, some people keep them in a safety deposit box, or you can check with her attorney to see if he or she kept a copy.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 3/17/2014
    Richard J. Keyes Attorney at Law | Richard J. Keyes
    In Missouri, you look at the probate court file to determine if you mother had a personal representative. Some probate estates do not have personal representatives such as small estates, creditor's refusal, spousal refusal and minor refusal.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 3/17/2014
    Law Office of Peatsa C. Wallace | Peatsa C. Wallace
    More facts are needed. When did your mother die? Where was your mother domiciled at the time of her death? Generally, you contact the probate court in the county where your mother died and/or owned real property. Give them her full name and they can tell you if a personal representative was appointed and who that is.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 3/17/2014
    Fluhr & Moore, LLC | Steven S. Fluhr
    Personal representatives are appointed by the probate court after death. Check with the probate court in the county where your mother died.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 3/17/2014
    Edward L. Armstrong, P.C. | Edward L. Armstrong
    I am assuming your mother passed away. If this is the case you should check with the Probate Court in the county in which she was domiciled at the time of her death. If an estate has been opened in that court it will reveal the name of the personal representative.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 3/17/2014
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