What are the duties of an executor of an estate?

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The main duties of an Executor are:


  • Taking control, protecting and transferring of the deceased assets as per the Last Will and Testament or as per the Intestate Succession Act;

  • Taking care of all the legislative requirements;

  • Paying all debts and administration expenses;

  • Ensuring that the final Income Tax returns are lodged and all taxes are dealt with; and

  • Distribution of the final balances in the Estate.



The whole administration process is supervised and validated by the Master of the High Court, who also performs a judicial function. In other words, deals with any objection lodged against the Liquidation and Distribution Account or any contestation made against a Will.