New Zealand Law
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If you are named as the executor of a will, your first duty would be to organise the funeral. You must then find out the assets and the debts in the estate and start the process of gathering in the assets and payment of debts. If there are substantial sums of money, as in over $15,000 or real property such as a house or other valuable assets you will need to apply for probate of the will. This can be a technical process, and most people will instruct a solicitor to make the application. Many also ask the solicitor to help with the administration of the estate. If there is real estate to be sold you will need the solicitor to help with that. Once the assets have been gathered in, and the debts paid, then you must pay out the legacies in the will to the beneficiaries. It is possible you may need to file a final tax return but this depends on the income status of the deceased person. Once this has been completed that is all that is needed to be done.