Summary of executor's duties
Only an executor whose appointment has been confirmed by the Master of the High Court may deal with the assets and liabilities forming part of the deceased's estate.
The duties of an executor can briefly be summarised as follows:
The executor must administer the assets of the deceased with utmost care, and throughout the administration process must protect the interests of the creditors and heirs. The executor reports to the Master of the High Court during the course of the administration process, and the latter may at any time request further particulars and specific documentary evidence from the executor.
After the executor has completed the administration process, as described in the Administration of Estates Act, the executor may finalise the estate. This comprises the handing over of the inheritances to the heirs.
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