An executor’s key duties

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Being an executor can involve a lot of time and work during a difficult period. The tasks involved can sometimes take months to complete, so think carefully before you agree to take on the role. It can seem daunting, but this section talks you through some of the key duties. It’s important to note that not every duty below will be relevant to you and your situation.

The tasks most associated with being an executor include:

  • registering the death
  • getting copies of the will
  • arranging the funeral
  • taking responsibility for property and post
  • valuing the estate
  • sorting out finances
  • dealing with any assets
  • paying any Inheritance Tax
  • applying for probate
  • distributing the estate.
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