Unfortunately, the answer to this question is yes, an executor can be held liable. If you have an attorney, ensure that they are a qualified probate attorney. There are many things an Independent Executor should know in order to make sure they fulfill their position properly. A qualified attorney will tell you exactly what you should and should not do as an executor.
If an executor does not do their job the right way, the beneficiaries of the Will can potentially sue for “breach of fiduciary duty”. In that instance, the executor can be held personally liable to all of the beneficiaries under the Will.
Learn more information about being an executor by reading our article, 9 Deadly Mistakes an Independent Executor Can Make.