Wills and Trusts:

Appointing a Representative

A will appoints a representative or executor to perform specific wishes of the testator after he or she dies. The representative is often a relative or close friend. The appointed representative should be informed of his or her responsibilities before the death of the testator to ensure they are willing to assume these responsibilities. The representative has several duties, including the following:

  • Collecting debts owed to the testator
  • Selling property in order to pay estate taxes or expenses
  • Consolidating and managing the testator’s assets
  • Filing necessary court and tax documents for the estate