The Power of an Executor

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How Much Power Does the Executor of a Trust Have?

An executor of a trust is a person who is in charge of administering the trust. The duties of an executor include settling the estate and distributing the assets to the beneficiaries.

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There are several reasons that an executor may be removed from his or her duties. One reason is if he or she did not act in the best interests of the estate. If you are considering serving as an executor, talk to an experienced Estate Lawyer before making any decisions.


A testamentary will, also called a will, shows the executor that he or she has the authority to act on behalf of the estate. However, an unsigned will does not hold up in court because it is not signed. Typically, an executor of a trust is the same individual who will administer the estate.


It is important to remember that an executor is a fiduciary. Fiduciaries are people who are held to a high standard and act in the best interest of the estate. This means that they have a duty to safeguard the assets of the deceased, manage the estate, and pay debts.


Although an executor is in charge of managing an estate, he or she cannot take action while the estate is in probate. Before the assets can be distributed, an executor must pay all estate debts and notify creditors of the probate.

The successor of the Executor

When an executor passes away, the successor is appointed by the probate court. He or she must act in accordance with state law and the will.

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Cedar City, Utah

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Cedar City, Utah
Main Street in September 2005

Main Street in September 2005

Festival City USA[1]
Location in Iron County and the state of Utah

Location in Iron County and the state of Utah
Coordinates: 37°40′39″N 113°03′43″WCoordinates37°40′39″N 113°03′43″W[2]
Country United States
State Utah
County Iron
Founded November 11, 1851
Incorporated February 18, 1868
Named for Juniper (“cedar”) trees

 • Mayor Garth Green (R[3])

 • Total 35.94 sq mi (93.10 km2)
 • Land 35.86 sq mi (92.89 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0.21 km2)

5,846 ft (1,782 m)

 • Total 35,235
 • Estimate 

 • Density 969.33/sq mi (374.25/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
ZIP codes
Area code 435
FIPS code 49-11320[6]
GNIS feature ID 1426441[2]

Cedar City is the largest city in Iron CountyUtah, United States. It is located 250 miles (400 km) south of Salt Lake City, and 170 miles (270 km) north of Las Vegas on Interstate 15. It is the home of Southern Utah University, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Utah Summer Games, the Simon Fest Theatre Co., and other events. As of the 2010 census the city had a population of 28,857,[7] up from 20,257 in 2000. As of 2019, the estimated population was 34,764.[8]

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