Feb. 28th, 2007 10:42 pm
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I was really going to put all this in the same entry as the list, below, but I hit enter by accident so I'm going with the flow.

The estate lawyer was nice, and not just because he didn't make me put any cash down. I liked him. We only have to go to court once, apparently, which will be in a couple of weeks, to get me appointed executrix. After that you just file the papers. (And actually, I don't have to go to court in person at all, but they said if I don't, it holds up the paperwork. If I go, I can get the Letters Testamentary - is that the right phrase? - the same day, but if I'm not there they mail them and it can take up to a couple of weeks. So I'm definitely going.)

(Translation for non-lawyers: as I understand it, Letters Testamentary are the documents - or possibly actually only one document - that say that you are officially the executor/executrix and can open a bank account for the estate and stuff like that.) (The things I'm learning these days.)

The other big lesson from today is that a person's ashes weigh more than you think. Seriously, they're heavy.


Date: 2007-03-02 01:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chanfaina.livejournal.com
Letters Testamentary is the correct term. And, wow, Texas still calls a female Executor an Executrix? Very quaint. (I actually prefer it, since it lends an air of mystery and intrigue to an otherwise very dull occupation. I think you should ask for Letters and a whip. Oh, wait, different sort of -trix...)

If there were no Will, or the Will did not name an Executor, or something freaky was going on (someone died mid-administration, the Will named a minor or someone overseas, etc.) you'd have to have someone appointed as Administrator. That person would obtain Letters of Administration of some sort -- e.g., cum testamento annexo (with Will attached), de bonis non [administratis] (goods not administered), durante minore aetate (during the minority). Things can get messy and annoying when you have to have an Administrator appointed, but at least you get a cool Latin title.


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