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How will you choose an executor for your will?

Creating a will can be difficult, and at some point, you'll need to name an executor. This is a big decision, so it's not something you want to rush through on a whim.

You might first consider a family member, such as a child or spouse. This may be a good decision for many people, as they know they can trust this person to make all the right decisions. However, there may be times when you aren't in a position to select a family member. In this case, you will have to look farther afield. You need to consider other options, such as a trusted friend.

When choosing an executor, you typically want to find somebody who is younger than you and in good health. After all, you want this person to be around after you are gone.

Are you choosing an executor who lives in another state? You are free to do so, but make sure you are familiar with any special requirements. Some states have special requirements for executors who don't live in-state.

Above all else, the executor of your will should be trustworthy, reliable and willing to deal with anything that might be involved in the process.

Creating a will is one of the most important decisions that you will ever make, so you should put sufficient planning into it. An estate planning attorney can often assist you with discovering the options that you have. There are many people out there who can act as an executor, but you need to find the best of the best.

Source: Huffington Post, "How to Choose the Right Executor for Your Will," accessed June 28, 2016

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