When does the Executor begin their work?

Updated March 13, 2023.

Although a person may be named in a Will as an Executor, that proposed Executor does not have the authority to administer the decedent’s estate until they are officially appointed by the Surrogate’s Court after probate of the Will. This appointment is called granting “Letters Testamentary” to the Executor. Those Letters Testamentary are proof to financial institutions and others that the Executor has the Surrogate’s Court approval to act on behalf of the estate.

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