The Executor named in the last known Will must be notified as soon as possible.
An Executor is the person named in a will to carry out the wishes of a person after they die. They organise to collect the assets of the deceased, pay the debts and distribute the property as set out in the deceased's will.
If a family member or friend has been named Executor, it is highly likely he or she will need professional advice or assistance, if only to determine his or her rights and responsibilities in the matter.
If a Will cannot be located, the responsibility to administer the estate usually rests with the next-of-kin, who should seek professional advice before attempting to finalise matters.
For further information, guidance or professional advice on all Will and Estate matters, we recommend you call:
Executor Assist Helpline on Freecall
This is an obligation-free 24-hour, 7-day service, provided by Flinders-EAS.