A person who handles the administration of a deceased person's estate is called an "executor". If you have been named as the executor under a person's will, you have certain rights and duties concerning the administration of the estate, called "fiduciary duties." These may include initiating the probate process, obtaining death certificates, filing the necessary paperwork in probate court, identifying members of the decedents immediately family, and so on. This section provides information and resources on the executor's role, how to choose the right executor, and explanations of what they do. Please select from the list of titles below to learn more.
- What Does an Executor Do?
A broad overview of the executor’s role in estate administration. Learn about the many duties handled by the executor, including overseeing the disposition of property, paying off debts, and more.
- Choosing the Executor FAQ
A collection of commonly asked questions about choosing the right executor. Find answers to your questions about executor eligibility, the qualities an executor should possess, naming an alternative executor, and more.
- Checklist: The Executor's Role
A checklist of the tasks executors must complete, including filing a petition with the court, collecting all of the decedent’s assets, paying state and federal taxes, and preparing a statement of receipts.
- Will Executor Duties FAQ
Answers to common questions about the duties of an executor. Learn about what executors typically must do, whether they may refuse the responsibility, whether they’re paid, whether they receive professional assistance, and more.