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The role & responsibilities of an executor

Many people regard being chosen an executor as an honour or a duty owed. Through lack of communication in life, many others may suddenly discover they have been appointed as an executor only after their loved one has died.

It is possible to decline to take on the task (provided you state this at the start) but if you do accept, bear in mind that the role also comes with serious duties and legal obligations which the executor is personally responsible for carrying out.

Tara McInnes, a senior associate in our disputed wills and trusts team, was recently interviewed by the BBC Radio 4 flagship “You & Yours” consumer programme and her message was before accepting the role of executor, you should be sure you understand what you're getting into.

Listen to her interview below…



This information is for educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. It is recommended that specific professional advice is sought before acting on any of the information given. © Shoosmiths LLP 2022.


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