You are certainly welcome to meet with a lawyer to discuss your responsibilities, and whether you wish to assume that role, at any time. Having said that, so long as any urgent matters, like ensuring property is secure and that it will remain insured, have been taken care of, the rest of the estate administration process can wait a reasonable time until after funeral arrangements have been made. If you’re unsure if there are urgent matters, please contact a lawyer, or speak with a funeral home, for a list of personal representative responsibilities.