What if you’re unable or unwilling to act as an Executor?

If a person appointed as an executor does not wish to act, or is not able to act, they can formally renounce the appointment. The substitute or alternative executor will then act. If no alternative is named in the Will, or no executor named at all, the Succession Act 2006 provides who will manage the estate (usually a spouse, child or nearest living relative). This person is called an administrator rather than an executor, but their responsibilities are essentially the same.

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