After letters are issued the estate must then be administered. You will have to prepare and file an inventory and accounting of the estate assets.
It sounds like you may need to consult a probate attorney or legal-aid in your county to make sure everything is being handled correctly.
I agree with Attorney Weiss. You may need to consult with an attorney to make sure that everything is filed as it should be. It is difficult to advise you here without reviewing the documents you have already filed and knowing what the nature of the hearing is. What is the hearing about specifically?
It sounds as though you’ve had the Letters for awhile if you have been able to pay the estate’s expenses, have the Inventory and Appraisal completed and approved, and filed taxes on behalf of the decedent and the estate. Has the four month time period in which creditor’s of the estate could file a claim with the estate expired? Has more than a year lapsed since you started the Probate? If any of these time frames have past, then the court may be asking you to either prepare an interim accounting or a final accounting. Either way, the accounting must be prepared in a specific format.
Regarding your hearing on Monday, there is really nothing to be afraid of. It sounds like you are suppose to be apprising the judge as to the estate’s status. If the judge will be asking for an accounting, and you have not prepared one, then you’ll need to explain where you are in that process. If want to consult with an attorney, and you have not continued the case excessively, you should request a continuance from the judge.
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Tell the judge you need time to get a lawyer, AND THEN GET A LAWYER!!!!!
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