When somebody passes away, the person with the responsibility of ensuring that the deceased person’s personal belongings and property are dealt with is known as the executor. The executor is appointed in the will and can be nominated to be one or more people.It is the executor (or executors) who will apply for probate that gives them permission to deal with the deceased’s estate. The maximum number of people who can be named in the Grant of Probate (known as proving the Will) as an executor of a will is four. If only one person has been nominated, they are known as the ‘sole executor’.
Whilst it is perfectly acceptable to name just one person as the sole executor (often this person can be the partner or spouse of the deceased person), it can be a large undertaking of work, and this is why often it is recommended that more than one person is named. There can also be certain aspects to dealing with the person’s estate that cannot be dealt with by just one person.