What is an Executor?
An Executor of a Will is the person (or persons) appointed by the deceased to deal with the administration of their estate. Executors have numerous duties, including a duty under Section 25 of the Administration of Estates Act 1925 to collect in the estate and administer it in accordance with the provisions of the Will.
Other aspects of an Executor’s role can include making funeral arrangements, paying the debts of the estate, obtaining a grant of probate, preparing estate accounts and making distributions to Beneficiaries.
Where a person dies without making a Will, the person dealing with their estate is called an Administrator, but they essentially have the same duties as Executors, albeit as there is no Will, the rules of intestacy must be followed.
The role of an Executor is an important one and can often be fairly complex, particularly if the deceased had substantial assets or the provisions of the will are not straightforward.