What role does the personal representative (Executor) play under a will?

Responsibilities of the executor or administrator may include:

  • gathering up and protecting the assets of the estate,
  • obtaining information in regard to all beneficiaries named in the will and any other potential heirs,
  • collecting and arranging for payment of debts of the estate,
  • collecting any payments that are due to the estate such as insurance dividends, salaries, any other income;
  • insuring that any money due under insurance policies is paid to the estate.
  • opening a bank account to handle any required financial transactions on behalf of the estate;
  • getting in touch with the employer or former employer of the decedent to verify whether the estate is owed any amounts for unpaid salary, benefits or insurance policies;
  • providing any creditors with notice to make their claim from the estate;
  • verifying any claims made against the estate of the decedent;
  • approving or disapproving creditor’s claims,
  • taking responsibility for any legal action in which the decedent was involved at the time of death;
  • paying all valid debts of the decedent’s estate, such as funeral bills, outstanding taxes, liabilities to other creditors, and estate administration costs;
  • making sure estate taxes are calculated, forms filed and tax payments made, and in all ways assisting the attorney for the estate.
  • dealing with any valuations required on any of the assets left by the decedent;
  • notifying relevant authorities and organizations of the person’s death (e.g. landlords, utility companies, social security etc.).
  • protecting the assets and property of the decedent until they are disbursed to the beneficiaries;
  • determining what each beneficiary gets from the decedent’s estate; and
  • ensuring that the remainder of the estate is distributed in accordance with the wishes of the decedent.

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