Who should I nominate as my Executor?

Selecting an Executor is a critical decision in the estate planning process. An Executor is entrusted with the significant responsibility of managing and administering your estate according to the terms of your Will. This role demands trustworthiness, competence, and the ability to handle complex tasks.

Learn more about what an Executor does: Understanding the Role of an Executor

Considerations for Selecting an Executor

  1. Trust and Reliability: Choose someone you trust implicitly, who will honor your wishes and manage your estate with integrity.
  2. Capability to Manage Estate Affairs: The ideal Executor is someone comfortable with handling financial matters, including the distribution of assets.
  3. Willingness to Serve: Ensure the person you nominate is willing and able to take on the responsibilities of an Executor.

Additional Considerations

Your Executor can seek the help of attorneys and accountants, which means they don't need to navigate everything alone. However, be mindful that professional fees may impact the estate's assets.

When and how is the Executor appointed?

  1. You nominate your Executor within your Will, specifying who you wish to take on this role.
  2. The court typically appoints the Executor nominated in the Will.
  3. If they are unable or unwilling to serve, the court may appoint a backup Executor, if one is nominated.

Importance of Backup Executors

Nominating backup Executors ensures that your estate is managed as you intended, even if your primary choice is unable to fulfill the role. 

Nominating backup Executors guarantees the management of your estate according to your intentions, even if your primary selection is unable to assume the role. Should neither the nominated Executor nor any backups be available to serve, the court will then appoint an alternate, often a surviving spouse or another close family member. It is important to nominate not only a primary Executor but also several backup Executors, ensuring your estate is administered precisely as you wish.

How to Add or Edit an Executor to Your Will

You can add or edit an Executor(s) by clicking the Summary tab of your Estate Plan and scrolling down to Distributions

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