Yes. You are under no legal obligation to accept the appointment of executorship. Many people renounce their executorship because they do not have the time or skills required to perform the duties of an executor or are cautious about being liable for the management of an estate.
Renouncing your executorship after you have been given a grant of probate is possible but more difficult.
Attwood Marshall Lawyers can assist executors in renouncing their executorship.
What does it mean if the estate is being handled by the Public Trust Office or the Office of the Protective Commissioner?
Sometimes the deceased, an executor, or the next of kin in cases of intestacy, may nominate a government office to provide executorial services.
In Queensland, these executorial services are handled by the Public Trust Office. In New South Wales, executorial services are provided by the Office of the Protective Commissioner, also known as the NSW Trustee & Guardian.
Attwood Marshall Lawyers can act for families or beneficiaries where estates are being administered by the Public Trust Office or the Office of the Protective Commissioner.