Being the Executor of a Will
What happens if you lose someone close to you and then find out you are named as the Executor of their Will? In short:
If you decide to act as Executor you are legally obliged to “sort through” that person’s estate and financial affairs (including applying for a grant of probate) or later a decedent as set out in their Will.
As an Executor you are both legally and personally accountable.
If you have been appointed to serve as an Executor for someone’s Will you have an important responsibility to track down the deceased’s assets as well as the individuals named in the Will. If you are appointed but don’t wish to act you can renounce or have it rejected.
It can be a lot of hard work. Fortunately, you are entitled, at the expense of the estate, to use a solicitor / Lawyer to guide you through the complicated probate process.