Wills and Probate.

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What is a deed of renunciation? Does it mean an executor can just not undertake the task?
If so - who takes over?
If someone dear to you has passed away, you may have been tasked with the responsibility of setting their affairs in order – a process known as probate or estate administration. For many people, the combination of the loss of a loved one with the necessity to engage in complicated legal and financial undertakings can be too much to bear, or involve a greater investment of time than they are able to commit to, which is why it is possible to renounce your position as the administrator or executor of their estate and allow other people to do it in your stead.

If you are named as the executor of a Will and have been granted probate but you no longer wish to act in relation to the administration of the estate, either because you are unable to commit the required resources or time, or for any other reason, you can renounce your involvement in the estate by completing this document. It is quick and easy to download and you need no legal knowledge to complete it.

You should bear in mind that by doing this you are standing aside for another executor to obtain probate and take charge of the estate. If you would prefer not to do this, you may want to consider seeking professional probate assistance instead.
Remember, if you resign as executor, and a solicitor takes over, they will charge money....sadly, the cheapest is to do it yourself.
So it means the executor has refused the task and someone else will have to do it. Thank you.
I was asking on behalf of a friend who's step Dad has died but who's daughter wants nothing to do with him, and never did. I honestly didn't know you could refuse to undertake the task.
Well, no one can force you to do it.

Families can be 'hurtful' environments - if your friend's step-sister (is that right) had a bad relationship with her birth father (your friend's step dad, is that right), then I can quite see why she doesn't want to be an executor. It would bring back dark memories for her I assume.

That said, was this the dad trying to 'make amends' to his birth daughter maybe? Or just trying to get her 'forgiveness' for wrongs he'd done her. (For example - and I'm only imagining freeling here! - it's all too common for a 'deserting parent' who abandons their child, to try desperately hard to 'pretend' that they did nothing wrong, and get the 'forgiveness' of the abandoned child to make THEMSELVES feel better about deserting them!)