Being appointed an executor or trustee in a will may seem an honour. After all, you’re being asked to stand In the willmaker’s shoes and dispose of their assets when he or she is unable to do so themselves. And, though it may be considered the ultimate sign of trust, it also comes with a great deal of responsibility – both moral and legal, so it’s best to know your obligations before agreeing to the task.

Introduction to estates

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1 July 2020

This chapter provides basic information about the procedures involved in the administering of a deceased person’s estate. It is not intended that the chapter be used as a do-it-yourself kit, as in the majority of cases (except where small estates are involved) it is necessary that legal advice be obtained. This does not mean that a person who finds themself appointed as an executor or administrator should not be aware of the obligations, procedures, expenses and possible difficulties involved.

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