Category: Probate Executor

  • What Happens when an Executor does not Perform their Necessary Duties?

    When a person dies with a will, the estate will generally have to go through the probate process in accordance with Washington laws1 before property can be distributed to beneficiaries. The testator (the deceased maker of the will) will have named an executor to take charge of the process of administering the estate. This process can involve much more than simply taking property and handing it out to beneficiaries. Instead, the various duties of an executor can include the following: Take inventory of the property and assets of the estate; Notify beneficiaries of the death; Notify creditors of the death; Manage investment accounts, pay bills, and pay taxes on the estate during probate; Defend the estate in any wrongful claims by creditors;