Executing the Will

Executing the Will

The terms of any valid will must be adhered to. It is the role of the executor to ensure that the will is carried out as specified.

You may have been asked to be an executor for someone but not know what that role entails. It may be that after someone dies you find out you are an executor and have no idea where to start. Here is an overview of what being an executor means.

  • An executor is a person or company (such as a bank or firm of solicitors) named in a will to carry out or execute the wishes of the deceased and distribute the estate upon death. In England and Wales a person must be at least 18 to be an executor.
  • The role of executor is a complex and often time consuming one.
  • There may be up to a maximum of 4 executors and this is often the case where there may be disagreements over the estate.
  • If you have not been named but wish to act as executor you can apply for an administrative grant to the Probate Registry.
  • If you are an executor then this is for life – claims can come up in the future and you should be able to deal with them. If at any point you feel you can no longer act in the role then you must inform the Probate Registry in writing.
  • The executor has a list of tasks they are legally obliged to carry out. Here is a checklist and more information.
  • If at any point you are struggling with the legal or financial implications then you can contact your local CAB, or contact a local solicitor or financial advisor.

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