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How to choose the executor of your will

When choosing the executor of your will, you need to find somebody who is trustworthy and up to the task.

While this sounds like a stressful process, it doesn't have to be. Once you make a list of potential executors, you can then compare the pros and cons associated with each person. From there, it will become clear as to who the executor should be.

Here are some questions that can help you choose the executor of your will:

-- Who is eligible to be an executor of a will?

-- Have you considered the benefits, as well as the drawbacks, associated with naming a loved one the executor?

-- What qualities are most important to consider when making a decision?

-- Is it important to name an alternative executor, or is this something that can wait?

-- Are there any people who cannot be named an executor?

Most of these questions are simple to answer, but some require a bit of digging around. For example, there are certain people who cannot typically be an executor of a will, such as those who are under the age of 18 or those who have been convicted of a felony.

Choosing the executor of your will is not something you should take lightly. It is not something you should do on a whim. Just like every other detail associated with your estate plan, it takes time and planning to make a sound decision.

Don't make the mistake of thinking that one person is as good as the next. You need to think long and hard before choosing the executor of your will. An attorney can provide additional information on wills, trusts, powers of attorney and other estate planning matters.

Source: FindLaw, "Choosing the Executor FAQ," accessed Oct. 07, 2015

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