While clear and regular communication with beneficiaries is always a good idea, it is also a requirement. At minimum, you are required to notify the beneficiaries of the following information: the name of the deceased person, your name and contact information, the gift the beneficiary will receive from the estate, and that gifts are subject to payment of the deceased person’s debts and claims against the estate. If you are applying for probate or for a grant of administration, there are also requirements to provide a copy of the application, as well as any applicable notices prescribed by the Surrogate Rules. You should also keep the beneficiaries informed of the progress of the administration of the estate and provide regular updates. For more information on what you need to do in your particular situation, feel free to contact us for a consultation.