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What does the executor role in a decease person do?

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What does the executor role in a decease person do?
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The executor is appointed under the person's valid will. The executor goes to the probate court and qualifies as the official executor. This gives that person full authority to deal with any of the decease's assets and debts.

In basic terms, the executor finds assets owned individually by the deceased. The executor takes control of those assets. The executor then determines what debts the decedent owed by publishing a notice to creditors and pays those debts. Any left over assets are passed to the decedent's heirs according to the will. Once the assets have all been distributed out the executor's duties terminate.

Here is a great guide for responsibilities of an executor (personal representative) in Georgia.

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