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Make sure your executor is up to the task

Planning for one’s eventual death is not always an easy task. First, many people don’t like to discuss their own death and second, there are many important details that you don’t want to overlook. Setting up an estate plan can be difficult for anyone living in the Lee County area, but it’s an important step that everyone should take, and that includes naming an executor.

An executor is a very important job, which is why it’s vital to choose the right person. The executor will basically oversee all of the key aspects of a person’s estate when he or she passes away, so they need to be prepared for such a task and understand what it takes. It is also generally a good idea for a person to name a second choice in case the first person is unable to be the executor for some reason.

Many people choose their spouse to be the executor of their estate, which is a good idea if one prefers to give complete control over his or her estate to the person who will likely be affected the most. This can make the process easier for the surviving spouse to focus on healing. If the surviving spouse is not really capable of acting as executor, then it might be a good idea to choose an adult child to take that responsibility, instead.

There are many aspects to estate planning that you need to consider, including choosing the right executor. These decisions are very important, which is why seeking the help of an experienced estate-planning attorney can be a very good idea.

 

Source: The Times of Trenton, “How to choose the right executor for your estate,” Kurt Rossi, Mar. 30, 2014

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