Executor of a will is expected to administer the estate in
a time-efficient manner, according to the terms of the will.
You have been appointed by the willmaker
(known as the testator if male or testatrix if female) to
be responsible for ensuring all the provisions of his or
her Will are followed and assets dealt with according to
his or her wishes. You have been chosen because the willmaker
at the time of signing the will, believed you were capable
and willing to take on the job. In some cases the will may
have been made many years ago and you no longer are able
to, or wish to proceed in the role as executor. Please consult
us promptly if you would like to discuss renouncing this
us help you
wish to proceed in your role as Executor of the will we
can help you meet your legal obligations. Many view this
appointment as an honour but are unaware of the time consuming
processes involved in large estates. At ExecutorsHelp we
explain each step of the process and aim to simplify the
procedure for you.
The role of an Executor
is the person (or trustee company) responsible for settling
a deceased person's estate. This includes collecting and
distributing assets and discharging liabilities. The Executor
must also act without delay to preserve the value of the
Executor is acting in accordance with the WIll he/she may
be called upon to defend the terms of the Will against dissatisfied
family members of the deceased or claims by others who felt
the deceased was responsible for their welfare.
the process of obtaining Probate of the WIll should be commenced
as soon as possible. This determines the validity of the
Will, your position as Executor and enables claims against
the estate to be paid and assets distributed to beneficiaries.
we are committed to ensuring you are regularly kept informed
of ongoing progress in administering the estate.
Where do I start?
close member of the family has not already done so, make
arrangements for funeral, burial or cremation, or memorial
services. We always suggest a will-maker let their family/executor
know during their lifetime of any special requests. Often
it is too late if the request is only known once the will
and emotional support of immediate family of the deceased
the deceased's property if unoccupied, keep insured,
welfare of any pets, cancel deliveries
instructions to ExecutorsHelp to make your job easier
of assets and liabilities compiled, probate notices
published in newspaper
or letters of administration obtained see 'probate'
of estate including asset protection
estate liabilities and disputes
assets to beneficiaries by transfer or funds realised
trusts on behalf of minors or special needs person
returns, estate accounts if applicable
distribution of estate