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Who should you choose to be executor of your will?

When it comes time to create a will, you'll have many questions to answer. For example, you need to decide which assets to include. Along with this, it's imperative to name the person or people who will receive the property upon your death.

At some point, sooner rather than later, you need to choose the executor of your will. This is a big decision, so you don't want to take it lightly.

First and foremost, it's only natural to believe that a family member would make for the best executor. While this is a good idea, there's a few things to consider:

-- Will this person be emotionally ready to handle the duties closely after your death?

-- Is the person responsible enough to handle this big responsibility?

-- Is the person both young and healthy?

If you can't find a family member who fits the bill, it's time to move on. At this point, begin to consider your friends.

Note: There may be special laws in place if your executor lives in another state. If you're going to select an executor who lives out of state, make sure you become familiar with this.

It is your choice as to who you choose to be the executor of your will. As long as you remain patient, as long as you consider all your options, you should be happy with your progress.

If for any reason you've run into an issue with choosing an executor, don't hesitate to step back and reassess your situation. Doing so with the help of a family member or attorney may make sense.

Source: The Huffington Post, "How to Choose the Right Executor for Your Will," accessed Sep. 21, 2016

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