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Can you change an executor?

On Behalf of | Jul 3, 2023 | Estate Planning

Your appointed executor will ensure your wishes are fulfilled. They will handle funeral arrangements, take the will to probate and manage assets before distribution, among other duties. Thus, they are an integral part of your estate plan.

However, in some instances, you may need to change them. Here are five situations that may call for this:

1. They no longer want the responsibility

Your executor may no longer want the responsibility due to different reasons. If this happens, you should respect their opinion and name another executor. Willingness to assume duties is vital in an executor. 

2. Relocation

If your executor relocates far away, you may need to choose another person. Anything can happen to you at any time. It can be stressful for your loved ones to wait hours for an executor to arrive to sign off on a matter.

3. Personal fall out

You and your executor can have different opinions, but you should trust they will act in your best interest. If you have a personal fall out with them, possibly they did something that broke your trust, you may need to change them.

4. Change in relationships

If your relationship with the executor changes, it may be time to find another one. For example, if your spouse was your executor, but you have gone through a divorce. 

Further, if you are no longer in close contact with your executor, possibly they are busy with other responsibilities, you may need to appoint a new one.

5. Incapacitation or death

If your executor becomes incapacitated, affecting their ability to fulfill their duties, you may need to make changes. Death is another reason to choose another executor.

If you want to change your executor, you should get legal guidance to understand the moves to make.