Navigating Executors Through Their Estate Administration Duties

Executors have the difficult task to carry out the last wishes of the deceased. Often a testator has named his or her choice of executor in a will. The person designated as executor then has to carry out the testator's instructions as stated in the will. These duties involve complex processes. It is advisable to seek the help of a lawyer when administering an estate.

Westside Family Law has over three decades of legal experience assisting clients with complex proceedings. We will help you shoulder the burden of administering the estate while providing support, advice and guidance during every step of the process.

What Are The Duties Of An Executor?

An executor should first determine whether the will has to go through probate. Probating a will means declaring it legally valid. Whether a will has to be probated is dependent on where the deceased's assets are located. However, in most cases a will has to be probated. Once a will has been probated, if necessary, the executor can then begin fulfilling his or her duties. The executor has a large amount of duties when it comes to administering the estate, which include:

  • Paying the estate's debts
  • Filing final tax returns
  • Completing inventory
  • Taking charge of assets
  • Selling assets
  • Distributing the estate to the beneficiaries

Before an executor can distribute the estate amongst the beneficiaries, he or she must pay off all debts. Failing to do so can make the executor legally liable.

Providing Support During The Estate Administration Process

Taking on the duty of administering an estate can be overwhelming, given the many tasks an executor is obligated to perform. Engaging a lawyer's services will ensure that you will carry out your duties accurately and avoid any unnecessary liabilities.

It is also important to note that lawyer's fees are paid from the estate's assets and not by the executor. Westside Family Law has years of experience assisting clients with family law and estate matters. We have the training and resources to successfully navigate you through the process.

Consult With Our Lawyers

We can help guide you through your executor's duties. Call us today in Vancouver at 604-800-8853 or email us.