It is a privilege to be appointed executor of a loved one’s Will. It is an indication of the trust they have in you to deal with their affairs following their death. However, being an executor can be challenging. Sometimes, an executor may not even know they have been appointed and only find out when the deceased’s Will is found. Where there is no Will, a family member is normally appointed by the court to deal with the estate. However, for most people appointed as an executor in a Will, their awareness of the appointment comes many years before their loved one dies.