Do I have to act if I have been appointed as an executor?

Year Published: 2015

When someone is appointed under a will as an executor they can act but may choose not to, perhaps because they don’t have time to deal with the estate administration, maybe they are in poor health, or are one of a number of executors and are happy to leave it to the others to deal with matters particularly if they live abroad. An executor can have ‘power reserved’ to them which means they step aside to enable the other executors to deal with the estate administration but can step in at a later date if they need to. If they don’t want to be involved in the estate at all, they can renounce their appointment as an executor by signing a deed of renunciation. They can only do this however if they have not had any dealings with the estate since the death.

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