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The Roles of an Executor in Wills and Probate

September 21 2018

Grahame Stowe Bateson are a well-recognised legal practice, with four branches based across the West and North of Yorkshire. With over 35 years of experience within the legal sector, our dedication and knowledge are second to none. Our services range from wills and probate, family law, criminal law and conveyancing.

It can be difficult to ever be fully prepared for a bereavement. However, there are things you can do to ensure the smoothest process after such an event has happened, specifically when it comes to executing a Will.

If a testator (the person to leave their Will and legacy)  has selected you as their executor, a big responsibility beckons on your shoulders. The likelihood is that you have been chosen as the executor of a Will, because you are trusted by the testator; this plays a part in the level of responsibility you will have.

You will be obligated to tasks such as finding and contacting the beneficiaries of the Will and tracking down assets of the testator’s estate. Here, Grahame Stowe-Bateson are going to list a few more responsibilities of what the executor of a Will can be expected to do.

1.      Settle Beneficiaries

Part of your responsibility as the executor of a Will includes the allocation of assets, possessions, money or property to the selected beneficiaries, in accordance to the Will.

2.      Maintain Assets

Inevitably, it will take some time for documents and assets to be settled. During this time, you will be responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the possessions outlined in the Will. For example, the maintenance of a car, upkeep of any properties etc.

3.      Appear in Court

You may have to appear in court on behalf of the estate to continue to carry out your acts as the executor.

It must be remembered, that accepting the role of an executor without a solicitor or legal representation can increase the difficulty of the role. Should disputes over estate, tax liabilities or issues with property arise, then it is highly recommended that you seek legal advice. Grahame Stowe-Bateson are an active provider of legal representation for Wills and Probate, operating in Leeds and Harrogate.

To speak to us regarding our legal services for carrying out a Will, visit our contacts page to find the details of our various offices. Alternatively, you can send an email over to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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