What is an Executor?

Before the law changed in 1987, a person appointed to handle an estate could have been called an Executor/Executrix or Administrator/Administratrix. Today the person appointed to handle an estate is called the Personal Representative (PR).

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1. What does it mean to "probate" a will?
2. How do I know if I need to go through the Orangeburg County Probate Court?
3. What if the deceased did not have a will?
4. Do I need an attorney to probate a will?
5. What is an Executor?
6. How does a Personal Representative get appointed?
7. What are the duties of the Personal Representative?
8. Where do I start and how much does all of this cost?