Typically the Executor is the person responsible for offering the Will for probate, although it is not absolutely required that he or she do so.
The Executor’s duties also include the disbursement of property to the beneficiaries as designated in the Will, obtaining information about any other potential heirs, collecting and arranging for payment of debts of the estate and approving or disapproving creditor’s claims.
An Executor also makes sure estate taxes are calculated, necessary forms are filed and tax payments made, and in all ways assists the lawyers for the estate.
The Executor also makes all donations as left in bequests to charitable and other organizations as directed in the Will.
In most circumstances the Executor is the representative of the estate for all purposes, and has the ability to sue or be sued on behalf of the estate. The Executor also holds legal title to the estate property, but may not use that property for the Executor’s own benefit unless expressly permitted by the terms of the Will