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What does an estate executor do?

On Behalf of | Dec 29, 2023 | Probate & Estate Administration

When drafting your estate plan, understanding the role of the executor who you’ll need you appoint is crucial. This individual will shoulder the responsibility of managing your estate after your passing.

Due to all that is at stake, you should think about the executor’s duties and ensure that the person you name will be able to handle them before you commit to a particular candidate.

Identifying and securing assets

Your executor will identify and secure all of your assets. This includes physical property and financial accounts and personal possessions. They’ll need to appraise these assets accurately to determine their value, which is essential for tax purposes and distribution according to your creditors’ claims and your broader wishes.

Settling debts

Another critical duty is settling any outstanding debts and taxes. Your executor must verify and pay off any liabilities, ensuring that all financial obligations are met before assets are distributed to beneficiaries. This requires a careful balance between fulfilling legal obligations and preserving the value of your estate.

Filing your will

Managing legal paperwork is another significant aspect of an executor’s role. They must file your will in probate court and navigate various legal processes necessary per your estate’s unique circumstances. Their ability to manage these legalities can significantly influence the efficiency of the probate process.

Distributing assets

Once debts and taxes are cleared, your executor will distribute remaining assets among your beneficiaries according to your wishes. This demands fairness and impartiality, particularly when beneficiaries may have conflicting interests or expectations.

Maintaining assets

Maintaining any property that you own until it can be distributed appropriately or sold is also part of their responsibilities. This may involve paying bills to ensure that properties are adequately insured and maintained.

Choosing an executor for your estate is a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. The person you select will need to possess not only the skills to handle these tasks but also the integrity to carry out your wishes faithfully and responsibly.