The executor of a will is a serious and important role. It begins immediately after the deceased has passed. They then become in charge of the administration of the deceased’s affairs.
Some of those things include paying for and organising the funeral, getting the death certificate, applying for probate and finding the original will.
Before the executor is able to start dealing with the instructions in the will, the executor has to the Supreme Court for the authority to deal with the deceased’s estate. This is referred to as obtaining probate.
You will need to establish a complete picture of the deceased’s finances. Debts must be paid or passed on. The deceased may also be owed money that will become the executor’s responsibility to follow up. When all debts have been paid, the executor should then distribute the assets of the estate according to the instructions in the will.
The executor is responsible for resolving any disputes about the deceased estate. This may come in the form of a family maintenance claim, a challenge or contest of the will or any disputes between beneficiaries.