What Does An Executor Do?

What Are the Roles and Responsibilities of Executors?

When a probate client schedules a free consultation in my law office, she is usually the executor named in a will, and she’s wondering, “What does an executor do?”

Executors in Texas have many jobs, including:

  • Dealing with the probate attorney
  • Going to probate court for the probate hearing
  • Collecting all the assets
  • Paying the decedent’s debts
  • Dealing with the IRS
  • Distributing all the remaining property to beneficiaries in the will

The roles and responsibilities of an executor are different in every case.  Sometimes, being an executor will require hours and hours of time over a span of many months.  Other times, the executor can be completely finished with his duties in a matter of weeks.

The executor usually has a thankless job.  Beneficiaries wonder why it’s taking so long to get their inheritance.  The decedent’s creditors will start contacting the executor to try and collect debts.  The process can get frustrating.

However, on the plus side, being executor in Texas is easy compared to being executor in other states.  Also, executors can ask advice from the probate attorney along the way.

For more information on an executor’s roles, check out this brief article on Forbes.com.

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By Isaac Shutt