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What is an executor?

When someone dies, an executor is the person appointed by the will to administer the estate. Put simply, this involves making sure their debts are paid and that their assets and possessions go where the deceased wanted them to.

Usually, people name just one or two executors in their will, but technically they can name as many executors as they like. To make sure the whole process runs smoothly, many people choose to name a solicitor as one of the executors. The solicitor may charge a fee for their expertise in administering estates.

If someone has named you sole executor, it is usually still a good idea to consult a solicitor, just to make sure you get it right. Administering an estate is not always straightforward and, as executor, you can be held liable if you get it wrong.

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