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What are the duties of an estate executor?

On Behalf of | Nov 21, 2022 | Estate Planning |

If you are named as the executor of an estate, it is essential to know your duties. An executor is responsible for wrapping up the deceased’s affairs and carrying out their final wishes.

There are many things to consider when administering an estate, so it is important to familiarize yourself with the process. 

Organization is essential 

If you are named as an executor in someone’s will, you will need to open probate after the person dies. Probate is the legal process of estate administration. It ensures that the deceased person’s debts are paid and that their assets are distributed according to their wishes. 

Probate can be a complex and time-consuming process, but as an executor, it is your responsibility to see it through. The first step is to file a petition with the court. This will start the probate process and give you the legal authority to act on behalf of the estate. 

Even before probate is open, you must locate and inventory all of the deceased person’s assets. This includes their bank accounts, real estate, personal belongings, and any other property they may own. 

You then need to contact the deceased person’s creditors and pay off any outstanding debts from the estate. You are also responsible for filing taxes on behalf of the estate. Once you complete those tasks, you can begin distributing the assets to the beneficiaries named in the will.

While it can be challenging, serving as an executor can also be a rewarding experience, as it allows you to help your loved ones through a difficult time. Furthermore, if you need assistance, there are resources available to assist you during the process.