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Download Your Free Executor's Kit and Estate Settlement Guide

For most Canadians, serving as an executor* of a loved one's or friend's estate is an honour. However, most people are unaware of the extent of an executor's duties, which can encompass more than 70 individual tasks.

To help guide you in your role as an executor, liquidator or estate trustee with a Will, RBC Estate & Trust Services has developed a detailed Executor's Kit, which includes the following invaluable resources:

  • Guide to Settling an Estate: An easy-to-follow reference guide that will help you complete the various steps in the estate settlement process, including probating the Will, dealing with beneficiaries, safeguarding estate assets, valuing the estate, administering the estate and much more.
  • Executor Duties Checklist: A summary checklist for tracking and completing the tasks involved in settling an estate.
  • Estate Inventory Workbook: A comprehensive workbook for recording all information pertaining to the estate.
  • Beneficiary Guide: Outlines what to expect if you have been named a beneficiary and your options.

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How We Can Help

As an executor, you are responsible for settling an estate according to the deceased’s wishes. With so many tasks to complete and so many people and organizations to deal with—including beneficiaries, legal advisors and tax authorities such as Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)—settling an estate is a complicated undertaking, especially when you’re also grieving the loss of a family member or friend.

If you have been appointed as an executor, but do not feel that you can administer the estate or need help with certain duties, RBC Estate and Trust Services can offer you a variety of services, including assistance with all of your duties or only those you specifically choose.

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* In Ontario, an executor is called an estate trustee with a Will. In Quebec, an executor is called a liquidator.

RBC Estate and Trust Services refers to Royal Trust Corporation of Canada and The Royal Trust Company.


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