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Being an executor

A man reading a piece of paperAs an executor you'll be responsible for four main duties in administering your loved one’s estate. This will involve:

  • assembling all their assets
  • making sure, if necessary, that the assets are insured so they're protected until you've completed the administration of the estate
  • paying any debts and tax due
  • paying the legacies due to the people (beneficiaries) who your loved one remembered in their Will.

What if I’m unsure about agreeing to act as executor?

If you’re unsure about agreeing to take on the role of executor, you may wish to speak to a local solicitor about helping you to carry out this role. 

Where an executor appoints a solicitor to administer the estate on their behalf, the solicitor's costs will normally be met by your loved one’s estate, provided that the estate has enough assets to cover the cost. You should check this with the solicitor before signing any papers to formally instruct them.

What if I don’t want the role as executor?

If you don’t wish to take on the role of executor, you should tell your co-executors named in the Will.

You’ll also need to formally renounce your position. We’d advise you to speak with a specialist probate solicitor (a solicitor who specialises in Wills and administration of estates) to help you with this.

What if I’ve already started acting as executor?

If you’ve already started acting in your role of executor and decide that you no longer wish to continue, you should take specialist legal advice from a probate solicitor.

Need some help?

If we can support you in any way, please contact:

Catherine Whitehead, legacy administrator, on
or 01246 541 156
Anna Draper, legacy administration manager, on or 01246 541 113.

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