What are the duties of an executor of a will?

Quick answer

After a person passes away, the executor of their will is charged with administering the deceased person’s estate and carrying out all directions in the will.

Before starting this process, they must be granted legal authority by the court through either a grant of probate or letters of administration.

In depth answer

After the executor is granted legal authority by a court to administer the will, their duty is, essentially, to:

  • Gather the deceased’s assets.
  • Use these assets to pay off any debts.
  • Distribute the remaining assets to the beneficiaries.

The executor can also be charged with several other key duties, including:

  • Obtaining the death certificate.
  • Applying for a grant of probate, i.e. permission from the court to deal with the deceased estate.
  • Dealing with assets or investments left to beneficiaries under 18.
  • Representing the estate in the event of a family provision claim by another party.
  • Closing bank accounts.
  • Managing the sale of property.

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