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What Should The Executor Do Once Probate Has Been Granted?

The first important job that an executor will need to do is to apply for probate, assuming that it is required. Once probate has been granted, they will have a number of other duties that need to be carried out before they can step down as executor and return to their everyday lives.

One of the most important things to do is to arrange for the burial or cremation of the deceased. If the executor is not a family member, then they will need to speak to those left behind regarding the wishes of the deceased – and their own wishes too – to find out what needs to be done. It may be that the deceased left instructions in their will, or that they had a pre-paid funeral plan, and that would make the job easier for the executor.

The executor will also need to take control of all the deceased’s assets, and collect any debts that are owed to the estate. On the other side of that coin, they will need to pay any debts that are owed by the estate to other creditors.

Finally, the last job of the executor is to distribute the assets of the deceased’s estate to the beneficiaries named within the will.

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