An executor is somebody you nominate to carry out the wishes in your will when you die. It's their responsibility to apply for legal authority to deal with your estate (known as probate), and to distribute your estate according to your will.
How many executors do I need to appoint?
You can appoint a minimum of one, and a maximum of four executors. Technically you only need to appoint one executor. Legally however, lone executors have restricted powers to deal with the property in your estate and are unable to sell it without appointing an additional executor. For this reason, we recommend appointing at least two executors.
Can an executor also be a beneficiary?
Yes, any of your beneficiaries can also act as your executor, as long as they’re over 18 years old.
Executors are given some powers by law, but it is usual to include in your will additional powers and provisions.
At Farewill we include a set of general provisions, that have been professionally drafted and approved by STEP, and are used widely by other professional will writers and solicitors. STEP is the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, a global professional association that promotes high professional standards in this area of law.