Who will the Court appoint as executor or administrator?

If there is a valid will, the person(s) named in the will normally will be appointed. If no executor is named or the person named refuses appointment, the Court may grant administration to a named alternate in the will or a beneficiary of the decedent. If there is no valid will, preference is given to the surviving spouse and second to other heirs.

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1. Where should the will be probated?
2. What does dying "testate" or "intestate" mean?
3. Who inherits the property of a decedent who dies without making a will?
4. When should I probate the will or if there is no will qualify as administrator of the decedent's estate?
5. Who is responsible for presenting the will for probate?
6. Who will the Court appoint as executor or administrator?
7. What should I take with me to probate a will or qualify on an estate?
8. Is the appointment of an administrator or executor always required?
9. What duties are required of the Executor or Administrator?
10. Do all estates pay a probate tax?
11. Where can I go for more information to specific questions?