Losing a parent is a saddening experience for any person. The love and care that parents provide is often irreplaceable and, therefore, the emotional stress is often too much to handle for many people. However, in addition to coping with the loss, the heirs need to ensure that the estate of the deceased is managed adequately. Estate administration can include collecting and managing the assets of the estate, paying taxes and debts and distributing assets as directed in the will or by passing the estate through probate.
Soon after a family member dies, it's essential to begin settling their affairs and their estate. Even people who don't have an estate plan have an estate in the eyes of the law. You'll need to locate a number of documents.