Angela C. Artherton

Caring and Client-Focused Advocacy

4 responsibilities of the executor of an estate

On Behalf of | Jun 22, 2023 | Estate Administration

Serving as an executor of an estate comes with considerable responsibility. In Arkansas, this individual, appointed by the deceased before their passing or designated by the court if no appointment exists, has the duty of managing and distributing the deceased’s assets.

What tasks must an executor in Arkansas carry out?

1. Administer the estate

As executor, you have to administer the deceased’s estate. This means identifying all the estate’s assets, appraising them if necessary and managing them until you can distribute them to the heirs.

If the estate has any debts, it falls on the executor to pay these from the estate’s funds. In some instances, this may involve selling some assets to get the money for payments.

2. Handle the taxes

The executor must also file the deceased’s final tax return and any estate tax returns if required. This includes gathering financial records, calculating the tax due and paying on time.

3. Distribute the assets

Distributing the assets of the estate to the beneficiaries named in the will is another responsibility of the executor. This process requires reading the will, understanding its provisions and making certain that each beneficiary receives what the will directs.

If disputes arise, you may need to mediate or seek court help to resolve them.

4. Keep people informed

As the executor, you must keep all interested parties informed about the status of the estate. This includes beneficiaries, creditors and the court. Regular reporting helps ensure transparency and promotes trust in your actions.

When a person creates a will, they should select their executor carefully, choosing someone capable of handling these important duties.