What is the primary function of an executor of an estate?


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The primary function of an executor of an estate is to carry out the deceased person's last wishes, explains Forbes. He offers the will for probate, protects the estate's assets, distributes property to the beneficiaries, and pays the estate's debts and taxes.

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The specific duties of an executor include finding all the assets of the deceased person and determining whether probating the will in court is necessary, explains FindLaw. He contacts all the people named in the will and files the will in the appropriate court. He ensures distribution of the decedent's property as stipulated in the last will and testament. The executor also sets up an account for the estate and wraps up all the deceased person's affairs. These include paying the final income taxes and paying off all debts. He also uses the estate's funds to pay the funeral and burial expenses of the decedent, explains Forbes.

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