When a person dies, it is necessary to administer their estate. This is the task which is entrusted to the personal representatives, who are either executors appointed by a Will or administrators appointed by the Court. The difference, in general, depends on whether the deceased dies testate or intestate.
It can be a complicated, time consuming and stressful process administering an estate. For this reason, most people would be well advised to delegate responsibility to professionals who have the necessary experience. This is a service which the department offers to undertake for the personal representatives.
Thus, the worry attendant on ascertaining the assets and liabilities, arranging to pay the debts and taxes, locating the beneficiaries and paying any legacies before accounting to those entitled to the net residue and winding up of the estate can be reduced if not entirely eliminated. Most of the members of the department who undertake this work are full members of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners.