About executries

Role of the executor

An executor is an individual appointed on someone’s death to administer their estate.

Specific duties are bestowed upon the executor where there is an entry in the Register of Persons Holding a Controlled Interest in Land (RCI) and there is the death of the person:

  • who owns or tenants the land, known as the recorded person
  • with a controlling interest, known as the associate

These duties are only engaged if the person who has died is named in an entry in the RCI.

Death of a recorded person

In the event of the death of a recorded person, their executor must notify the keeper of the recorded person’s death as soon as reasonably practicable.

To allow the keeper to remove the deceased recorded person’s entry from RCI, the executor is required to provide information. This is:

  • the recorded person’s name and address
  • the title number if the affected land is registered within the land register or a sufficient property description if the land is recorded within the Registers of Sasines
  • the date of the recorded person’s death

The keeper will also require the executor to provide a copy of the death certificate of the recorded person.

Death of an associate

In the event of the death of an associate, their executor must notify the recorded person as soon as reasonably practicable. The recorded person will notify the keeper that the associate has ceased to be an associate.

To allow the keeper to remove the deceased associate’s entry from RCI, the executor is required to provide information. This is:

  • the recorded person’s name and address
  • the title number if the affected land is registered within the land register or a sufficient property description if the land is recorded within the Registers of Sasines
  • the associate’s details
  • the date of the associate’s death, if known

Further information about executors and RCI can be found in the RCI legislation.


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