What do my executors have to do when I die?

The first thing your executors need to do is find your will, so it’s important you tell them where it’s kept after you’ve printed and signed it alongside two witnesses. If it’s needed, they’ll then be responsible for applying for probate so they can follow the wishes you set out in your will.

Your executors are also responsible for dealing with your estate. This may include closing your bank accounts, paying off any debts, and selling or transferring property so they can share everything out between your beneficiaries. Alternatively, your executors may choose a professional to handle the estate administration on their behalf.

If you’re dealing with a bereavement and need help with probate, you can find out about our fixed-price probate service here.