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How to choose an executor for your estate

On Behalf of | Nov 20, 2023 | Estate Planning

Think of the executor of your will as its custodian, entrusted with safeguarding and executing your final directives. Therefore, it is essential to make deliberate considerations when choosing an executor, given the sensitivity of the role.

Beyond the legal requirements that the executor must be of sound mind and at least 18 years old, it helps to consider individual traits and characteristics when picking someone for the job. Here is a comprehensive guide on how to go about it.

Look out for these qualities

Trustworthiness tops the list. Look for unwavering integrity and honesty in the person you entrust with managing your affairs when you are gone. They should also be reliable to handle the intricacies of your estate diligently and organized to manage your assets during probate effectively.

Effective communication is equally crucial. Your chosen executor must understand your wishes clearly and be capable of executing them precisely. Assess their conflict resolution abilities, especially concerning potential family disputes that might arise during estate management.

Consider their availability and willingness to commit the necessary time. Administering an estate demands effort and is sometimes a lengthy process. You do not want someone who will bail out halfway.

While not mandatory, financial acumen by the executor can prove advantageous when handling complex estate assets.

Look beyond family ties

It’s natural to consider family members for this crucial role. However, selecting an executor based solely on family connections might not always be the most prudent choice. Consider the broader spectrum of characteristics required for this role.

Seeking legal guidance can provide you with the clarity and confidence needed to make the right call that will help protect your legacy and loved ones’ interests.