Executors Of Wills – Know What You Are Taking On

Being an Executor of a Will involves more than just signing a few forms and obliging a friend or relative. Executorship is the cornerstone of Probate in Ireland. The position carries extensive personal legal responsibility. It is not always understood that failure to meet that responsibility means an Executor can be sued and his or her personal assets are at risk.

Executors of Wills

Being an Executor of a Will in Ireland

Duties Of The Executor Of A Will

The law imposes a wide range of duties on an executor. These include:

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Wards Of Court Explained

What is a Ward of Court?

A ward of court is a person who is unable to manage his or her assets or affairs and is taken into the protection of the court. The main purpose of wardship is to ensure the welfare of the ward and to protect his or her property. Some of the practical issues that are involved include:

  • Financial matters and other assets
  • The ability to live independently or to be taken into residential care
  • The sale or retention of assets
  • Management of property
  • Medical decisions

Wards of Court

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How is a Person Made a Ward of Court?

An application is made to the President of the High Court. If he is satisfied that the person is of unsound mind and incapable of managing his or her own affairs, based on the evidence submitted, which usually includes affidavits from two doctors and others, he will make an order taking the person into wardship. Your solicitor will guide you through the process.

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