The Executor named in a will has a number of duties to perform. Among them are:
- Reads the will and expedites the burial instructions.
- Meets with family members and other interested parties who desire aid and information, meets with the attorney who drew the will and persons familiar with the financial affairs.
- Safegaurds the assets and takes immediate protective measures as are desirable prior to appointment as executor - looks into insurance and protections of real and personal property, has knowledge of the ongoing business interests, examines all of the books and files, and gives notice of the death to banks, safe deposit companies and others.
- Petitions the Court for Probate of the will - obtains proof of heirship, locates witnesses,