What are the 14 main duties of a Personal Representative in South Dakota?

In South Dakota, the 14 main duties of a Personal Representative are:

(1) determine if there are any probate assets;

(2) find, gather, and inventory the deceased's assets;

(3) collect monies owed (including income, unpaid salary, and vacation pay);

(4) establish an estate checking account;

(5) determine who is going to receive what and how much under the Will;

(6) place a value on the estate's assets;

(7) publish legal notice to the estate's potential creditors;

(8) review the validity of all claims against the estate;

(9) pay funeral bills, debts, and valid claims;

(10) pay the estate's administrative expenses;

(11) complete paperwork, such as canceling utilities and charge cards;

(12) file and pay income and estate taxes;

(13) distribute the remaining property according to the instructions provided in the deceased's Will; and

(14) complete the probate.
 

Scott Swier
Founding Member, Attorney At Law