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The Appointment of Executors/Administrators

When being asked to deal with the administration of an estate, the first important factor is to find out if the deceased person left a Will.


On being advised that a deceased person has left a Will then it is necessary to find out who the Executors are, namely the persons appointed to deal with the estate. Their role is to administer the estate in accordance with the Will and to do this they usually need to obtain a Grant of Probate.


If a deceased person has not left a Will, the estate is administered in accordance with the Rules of Intestacy.  The person who can administer the estate is known as an Administrator.  Only the Administrator has the legal right to administer the estate and they are determined by a set order of priority.  In this role the authority to act only comes into effect on the appointment of the Administrator following an application and issuing of a Grant of Letters of Administration. 


Should you need assistance with the administration of an estate or dealing with an intestate estate, please contact Elizabeth Korner on 01905 723561 or

Added: 26 Feb 2018 09:05

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