Up to four people can apply for the ‘Grant of probate’ if all four are named as the executors of the Will. So if five people are appointed to be the executors of the Will, still only four of them can apply for the grant. If one executor wants to revoke his right to apply for probate they can do this and let another take their place. They can reserve the right to apply for the grant in the future. So if one executor dies the executor who has reserved the right to apply for the grant can now apply and finish administering the estate.
If only one executor is applying for the grant of probate it should be considered carefully for the other executors to complete a ‘Power Reserved’ form with the probate registry. Even if the executors who fill in the form don’t think they will apply for the grant, it makes sense in case something happens to the other executor that makes him unable to complete the administration of the Will.
Regardless of how many executors have been named, for ease of administration, one executor should carry out the wishes. However, all executors should discuss what happens. Any paperwork that is official will need to be signed by all executors that have applied for probate. This should be done even if they believe that one executor will be dealing with the administration.