Executor of the Will
When someone dies and leaves a Will in their name, someone must take on the responsibility of executing the Will, carrying out the wishes and dictates laid down by the testator of that Will.
Executing a Will comes with a great deal of responsibility, and, if you are acting as the Will executor, whether as one who was named or someone who chose to execute, you may find that you have a great deal of work ahead of you.
Dealing with this workload can be a significant burden, particularly if you can’t take time off work, and you are still dealing with the loss of someone close to you.
However, with the guidance and support of a probate solicitor, you could find the probate process a lot easier to manage.
Who is the Executor?
Usually, when there is a Will, the executor will be explicitly named within the Will by the testator. Up to four people can be named as executors of the Will, to act in unison.
An executor could be a close friend or family member – often someone who is named as a beneficiary of the Will. There are no limitations on beneficiaries acting as Will executors.
However, the executor of an estate is most frequently a probate solicitor. Often, a testator will name their own probate solicitor as the executor of the estate.
Alternatively, the named executor can hire a probate solicitor to take on the tasks of probate. The probate process is a highly complex one, and it can be very helpful to have a probate solicitor to take care of the process for you.
Probate Solicitors as Will Executors
Having a probate solicitor act as a Will executor could be more expensive than doing it yourself, but it will benefit you in the long run.
Probate is highly complex, and it can take months, even years – the amount of the work involved can take up a huge amount of your time, to the extent that you need to take time off work and incur a loss of income.
By trying to save money on not hiring a probate solicitor, you might actually end up out of pocket.
Even if it doesn’t come to this, spending most of your free time working on probate will not be very enjoyable, particularly if you are still coming to terms with the death of someone close to you.
A probate solicitor could take all of the stress out of executing the Will, fully educated and experienced as they are in these matters. Often, a probate solicitors fees will be fully covered by the estate of the deceased.