We came across this very helpful list of things to do or consider when you are an executor.

http://www.bankrate.com/finance/retirement/7-tips-executor-of-an-estate.aspx#slide=1

Thanks to Bankrate for this useful post. If you are dealing with such a situation right now, we hope this gives you the confidence to face the responsibilities. Let us know how you are handling probate executor responsibilities in the comments below.