Executor and administrative responsibilities explained 

If someone close to you has died recently, you may have been named as an Executor in their Will or identified as Administrator under the Rules of Intestacy, where there is no Will in place. But what does that mean exactly and what does it involve? Unless you’ve experienced bereavement before, you will probably be unsure what you have to do.

The Executor or Administrator is legally responsible for administering the estate according to the wishes of the Will and the Rules of Intestacy. They are responsible for everything they do or fail to do in this regard.

This can be a very daunting prospect, especially once you come to realise that the role carries with it considerable administrative, legal and tax responsibilities.

If you find yourself in this situation, don’t worry. We are here to help with practical advice and support

Anyone named as Executor in a Will (including professional organisations), or Administrator in cases of Intestacy, can renounce their role, deciding not to administer the estate of the deceased. By renouncing their right they are not named on the Grant of Representation. In these circumstances someone else must be appointed to act on your behalf.

You can also appoint a professional legal organisation to act on your behalf.  You do not need to use the solicitor who drew up the Will of the deceased.

If you prefer, you can appoint us to carry out Probate and Estate Administration.  Our service will complete all the legal tax and administrative processes and provide you with the added reassurance of dealing with one of the most trusted and ethical organisations in the UK.

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