17. What are the qualities required for a personal representative?

Personal representatives must be able to fulfill “fiduciary duties”. Although a personal representative does not need to be a legal or financial expert, they must have reasonably prudence and judgment, and be honest, loyal, impartial, and diligent. A personal representative should be organized and be able to keep track of details. It is often preferred for a personal representative to live near where the decedent lived because it is easier for them to find important records and do various tasks.

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