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Getting away with it: rogue executors

What forms of recourse exist for rogue executors? David Endicott considers the options

14 September 2012

“Let’s choose executors... and talk of wills.” Fans of the Bard will recognise this line from Richard II, a line that is frequently reproduced on the flyleaf books on will precedents.

One of the strongest selling points for writing wills is that the testator has and is exercising their choice. They choose executors, they choose guardians if there are minors, beneficiaries and ?so on.

The alternative is to let the state choose for them; rather like asking the government to organise a holiday.

Horribly wrong

The choice of executor is critical, and it can go horribly wrong. Take the case of the late John White who died in March 2007 leaving an estate of some &po...

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