An Executor is someone who is responsible for administering a person’s estate after their death. An Executor should be very organised, methodical and be able to quickly understand and deal with the various legal and practical
issues that will arise.
An Executor has an obligation to act in the best interests of the beneficiaries, even if the Executor is not entitled to receive anything under the terms of the will. Being an Executor can therefore be a selfless act, and it also carries a lot of responsibility. If something goes wrong, it is the Executor who will be held accountable.
Being an Executor can be a difficult role to undertake, and it can be emotionally challenging if the deceased is a family member, friend or other loved one.
When someone dies, one of the first things the family should do is check whether the deceased left a will. If there is a will, this will state who the executors are. The executors should be contacted and, if they are able and willing to act, the executors will begin their executor duties immediately.