Being an executor

What an executor does

Being an executor or administrator can be demanding and complex.

You need a good understanding of the law, accounting and taxes. You may need to get professional advice which can add expenses to the estate.

Executor duties can include all of the following:

  • getting permission from the Supreme Court to deal with the estate, known as a grant of representation - read more about taking control of an estate
  • finding the people who will receive something from the estate, also known as beneficiaries, and keeping them informed of progress
  • making sure beneficiaries receive what is given to them
  • making sure valuables and property are locked, and any insurance policies are still being paid
  • finding out what debts are owed, including taxes.

For information about tax and superannuation relating to estates go to the Australian Taxation Office website.

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Last updated: 21 May 2015

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