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What it means to be an executor of a will

On Behalf of | Apr 23, 2022 | Estate Planning

If someone has chosen you as an executor of their will, you may wonder what is in store for you. This role can come with lots of responsibility, and this may be intimidating to some.

However, that does not mean that you need to feel overwhelmed. The more you can understand this new role, the easier it will be to carry out your duties as an executor.

What is an executor?

An executor of a will has the duty of executing the will. They do not have control over what the will stipulates, and are not allowed to make changes. It is simply their duty to carry out the contents of the will.

What to expect if you are an executor

If you are an executor, then you are expected to carry out a range of tasks. This can include things like paying bills and disposing of property. It can also include setting up funeral arrangements and caring for pets and dependents that are left behind. Beyond that, you may have to maintain the property until it can is sold, and make sure that you contact banks and credit card companies, as well.

If someone you know has passed away and you are the executor of their will, you may feel intimidated by your new role. While there can be a lot to think about and deal with, the reality is that it doesn’t have to be difficult. By taking things slowly and preparing yourself, you can make sure that you are taking the right steps each step of the way.