Solicitors in Essex & London
An Executor is a person appointed in a Will to deal with the administration of the estate of someone who has died. An Executor appointment comes with considerable responsibility and potential personal liability if the estate is not administered properly.
It is possible to appoint a spouse or partner as an Executor, notwithstanding that he or she may be a beneficiary in the Will. Often couples will appoint their spouse or partner as sole Executor with substitute Executors, such as adult children appointed to act on the death of the surviving spouse or partner.
The extent of an Executor’s duties depends on the nature and complexity of the estate that needs to be administered. Some estates can be very simple to administer, whereas others can be complex and time-consuming. Our probate solicitors are able to provide a high level of expertise to Executors across Essex, London and further afield.
An Executor’s primary responsibility is to collect in the estate assets, pay any liabilities, expenses or taxes, and then distribute the balance to the beneficiaries named in the Will. In summary, this may appear straightforward, however, there are often intricacies within the process.
An Executor will be required to carry out some or all of the following tasks:
If you feel that you require further legal advice about the duties and responsibilities of being an Executor, please feel free to contact any of our probate solicitors directly.
We can explain your duties and responsibilities and help you plan your next steps. Free consultations with our probate solicitors are available at any one of our offices in Brentwood, Hornchurch and Upminster, and also at our office facilities based in Leigh-On-Sea and Canary Wharf, London.
We are able to see clients at short notice and offer home and onsite visits to those who are unable to personally attend our offices.
Due to the recent Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak we are currently offering appointments by telephone and some video calling services. Our offices are also open with comprehensive safety measures in place.