The role of Executor is not something to be undertaken lightly. As this article sets out, it comes with risks, but also can be an incredibly stressful (and usually unpaid) role. All too often you see warring siblings both appointed as Executors (who are also beneficiaries), at loggerheads with each other, at huge expense. There is also the pressure sometimes applied by beneficiaries to distribute the estate. All at a time when everyone is grieving the loss of a loved one. 

For this reason, particularly where there is a potential dispute or anything other than strong relations within the family, it is often appropriate to appoint a solicitor as Executor. Doing so can save costs in the long run, not to mention the peace of mind that proper skill and expertise will be applied.

Hedges can help. Please contact us if you have any concerns relating to a will, if you are an Executor in need of advice, or if you a embroiled in a dispute and cannot see a way forward.