Executor Law and Legal Definition

Executor is the individual named in a will by the testator who is responsible for seeing that the bequests and other provisions of the will are performed. Generally, unless there is a valid objection, the judge will appoint the person named in the will to be executor. The executor has the duty to insure that the person's desires expressed in the will are carried out. The responsibilities of the executor includes gathering up and protecting the assets of the estate, obtaining information with regard to all beneficiaries named in the will and any other potential heirs, collecting and arranging for payment of debts of the estate, approving or disapproving creditor's claims, making sure estate taxes are calculated, forms filed and tax payments made, and in all ways assisting the attorney for the estate.