What is an Executor or Administrator?

An Executor is the person appointed in a Will to carry out the directions contained in the will.  The duties of the Executor include:


  • organising the grant of probate,
  • disbursing the assets of the estate to the beneficiaries
  • obtaining information about any other potential beneficiaries,
  • collecting and arranging for payment of debts of the estate and approving or disapproving creditors’ claims.


If a person dies without a valid Will, they are said to have died intestate. In this situation there is no executor and an administrator of the deceased’s estate may be appointed. The duties of the administrator are similar to that of the executor.

However, the process in applying to the Court is more complex. The administrator will usually be either the wife/husband, defacto, child/children, or brother/sister of the deceased.

Acting as an executor or administrator of an estate can be quite complex and Taylor and Scott Lawyers can assist you. Please feel free to contact us for assistance or any enquiries you may have.

If you would like to discuss your Will, Probate, Estate Planning or Contested Estate with one of our solicitors, please do not hesitate to contact our office on 1800 600 664, or send a message by completing the contact form.

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