Unless the Will prohibits delegation, there is no reason why the executor cannot enlist the help of family members or hire an administrative assistant.

But at the end of the day it is the executor who is responsible for all aspects of the estate settlement. If a well-meaning family member or an administrative assistant makes an error that costs the estate money, the executor can be held responsible.

Thus, it is imperative that the work of other family members or an administrative assistant is reviewed regularly for accuracy and that their work is well documented per good governance practices.

 

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