Duties of the Executor

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What is the Basic Duty of the Executor of an Estate?

When a person dies, the executor of the deceased's estate must make sure all of the deceased's taxes and debts are paid, and then distribute what is left to the appropriate beneficiaries. The executor has a "fiduciary duty" to act in a manner of good faith and impartiality in making sure the wishes of the deceased are carried out to whatever extent possible.

What Are Some of the Basic Jobs the Executor Needs to Do to Fulfill This Duty?

The executor of an estate has many jobs in order fulfill her duty:

What Can I Do if I Find Fulfilling the Duties of the Executor to be an Overwhelming Task?

You may want to consult an attorney who has experience with estate administration. Your attorney can help you fulfill those duties, or you even have the option of assigning the attorney as the executor of the estate if you no longer wish to have that position.

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Last Modified: 01-11-2013 02:16 PM PST

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