Executor Duties

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.

Register the death
Arrange the funeral
Children, dependents and pets
Secure property
Report the death
Value the Estate
Calculate if Inheritance Tax is due
Pay Inheritance Tax
Apply for a Grant of Probate
Collect / transfer assets
Pay outstanding debts
Place Deceased Estate Notices
Prepare Estate accounts
Distribute the Estate
We offer a complete probate service and undertake all the responsibilities for obtaining the Grant of Probate, dealing with the legal, tax, property issues in the estate and administering the estate to its conclusion, including making the distributions to beneficiaries.