What Are the Duties of an Executor of a Will?

Being chosen as an executor of a will is both an honor and a serious obligation. It's extremely suggested that if you're asked, you know what you're getting into and how big of an obligation it is.

From being required to get a court bond in the form of an executor bond to carrying out your duties in a quick and professional manner, you'll be responsible for a lot. An executor of a will is legally responsible for taking care of the financial obligations of the deceased. This generally means taking care of finances, debts that need to be paid out of the deceased's estate, and then making sure that the rest gets distributed fairly and where it needs to go. Before accepting this responsibility, do your research and read below for a few of the duties you would have to perform.

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Get a Copy of the Deceased's Will and File it in Probate Court

The first thing you would need to do is get a copy of the deceased's will from their lawyer and then file it with the probate court. You will be in charge of getting, reading, and understanding the will, as well as determining who inherits the property that has been left behind.

Notify Government Agencies, Banks, and Credit Card Companies of the Death

You will be responsible for notifying government agencies such as the social security office of the death of the deceased. You should also notify any banks they had money in or any credit card companies they were with that they have passed on.

Determine What Kind of Probate is Needed

There are probate assets and non-probate assets, so you need to find out which is which. Probate isn't necessary all of the time. If you're unsure, you should talk to the probate court to see what is and what isn't to be put in probate.

You May Be Required to Represent the Estate in Court

It's possible, but not always, that the executor of the will might have to appear in court to represent the estate. If that is the case, you will be informed ahead of time.

Set up a Bank Account that will be Used for Any Incoming Funds or to Pay Bills

If the deceased is owed any paychecks or other forms of money, then a bank account that you set up can hold that money until probate is completed. You also need to be on the lookout for bills such as mortgage payments, utility payments, and other bills that need to be paid. You pay them out of the bank account that you set up for that purpose.

Take Care of the Property Until It Can Be Sold or Distributed

Taking care of the property includes making sure the house and the property itself are taken care of properly, and in some cases deciding whether the property should be sold or not. You're also responsible for taking care of all personal property on the estate until probate is over and it can be distributed to the people in the will.

Distribute Assets

Once everything is out of probate, if it's required, you are to distribute assets according to the deceased's will. If there was no will left behind, then state intestacy laws will apply.

These are a few of the responsibilities and duties you take on when you accept the tasks of being the executor of a will. While it's an honor and shows great trust, it is also a huge responsibility and should be treated as such.

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Save for a Down payment

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