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What Will Beneficiaries can Expect Following the Death of a Loved One

Say a loved one passes away, leaving behind a will that names you as a beneficiary of his or her estate. However, you do not hear about this until months later when you obtain an official copy of the deceased's will at the country courthouse.

What happened, and why were you not notified immediately?

A recent NJ.com reader had the same question recently, for business writer Karin Price Mueller.

The executor of a will - the person designated by the estate owner, or by the court, to distribute the deceased's estate - has an obligation to contact all by beneficiaries by mail 60 days from the date of probate. The date of probate is the date on which the process of estate administration begins.

Administration includes the distribution of assets and settling of any claims against the deceased.

In addition to beneficiaries, the estate executor must also contact the deceased's widow and next of kin, even if none of them are included in that individual's will. When contacting these parties, the estate executor must include detailed information regarding the day, place and time of the probate hearing. The executor must also identify him or herself and provide contact information.

If requested, the executor will provide interested parties with copies of the will.

Delay in notification can occur if the estate executor does not have your address, or has an outdated one. If you suspect this might be the case, you should attempt to contact him or her as soon as possible.

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