What is an executor?

An executor is responsible for administering your affairs when you die.


Spouses can appoint each other as an executor, you can also include your children, a trusted friend or a professional advisor. Being a beneficiary under the terms of your Will does not prevent someone from acting as an executor.


You should consider the appointment of your executors with great care. The legal duties imposed on them are complicated, time consuming and can result in personal liability if not complied with.


Sutton McGrath Hartley Limited are willing to act as executors, either alone, or in conjunction with family or anyone else you wish to appoint.


In addition to obtaining a Grant of Probate, often executors are required to submit Inland Revenue returns and may end up in protracted negotiations over values placed on assets.


Your executor’s responsibilities may extend well beyond dealing with your immediate affairs. They might also need to act as trustees if assets need to be held in trust as your children are under 18 or there are other trust provisions with your Will. Our involvement can ensure smooth on-going management of these assets, without burdening your family.


Sutton McGrath Hartley have an experienced probate team who can ensure your affairs are dealt with efficiently and professionally and ease the burden and responsibility on your family and loved ones. Details of our current fee structure are available on request.


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