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Choosing your estate executor

On Behalf of | Jan 31, 2023 | Estate Planning

Deciding who will be your estate executor is an important one. You want someone reliable, organized, and detail-oriented to handle your affairs after you pass away. 

Here are some things to consider when making your choice.

One of the most important factors is trust

When an individual passes away, their estate is usually subject to the instructions detailed in the last will and testament of the decedent. You will want to take special care in appointing an executor because they will have access to your financial information. Furthermore, you are trusting this individual to make decisions related to matters such as distributing assets and settling debts. 

A good starting point is looking for a person with empathy, financial management skills and sound judgment, though most importantly, ask yourself if you trust the person. Choosing someone with a penchant for organization and attention to detail is highly beneficial. Such an individual will be able to adhere to your wishes appropriately and keep track of all relevant assets and liabilities in a way that is efficient and thorough. 

You should also consider their geographical proximity. Choosing someone who lives close by can be beneficial if any practical issues need to be addressed, such as the handling of paperwork or securing your property. They may also better understand local regulations, which can help ensure compliance with relevant requirements in a timely manner. 

Once you have decided, make sure that chosen individual is willing to serve. Communicating with respect and clarity can help ensure that the administration of your estate will go according to plan and that your final wishes will be carried out to the fullest extent possible.