FAQ: Should I Name a Family Member or a Friend to be Executor/Trustee

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FAQ should i name a family member or a friend to be the executor trustee | estate and probate legal group

You’ll have many decisions to make when setting up your estate plan. Decisions such as: do you need a will or a trust and what beneficiaries will receive your assets. But one of your major decisions will be to name an executor or trustee. This must be someone you trust completely with your medical and financial information. It’s not an easy decision… or an easy job. We are often asked if our clients should name a family member or a friend to be the executor/trustee of their estate.

Duties of an Executor

This person will carry out your wishes when you die and make decisions on your behalf if you become incapacitated. The executor of your estate has many responsibilities. You are entrusting this person to deal with everything you have. And frankly, not everyone can handle this job. They will need to:

  • work with the attorney
  • file your will with the courts
  • pay off all debt
  • close financial accounts (banks, credit cards…)
  • notify social security
  • distribute assets
  • cancel social media, subscriptions
  • more

It can take up to a year to close an estate. This means that the person you choose must be organized and not afraid to jump in and get it done.

But the executor’s job may begin before you pass away. They may use your healthcare directive to make your medical and financial decisions if you are suddenly injured and incapacitated in the hospital. This person will also help make decisions concerning your medical care if you get Alzahmeirs or dementia. So you see why it is important to discuss everything with this person and trust them to carry out your wishes.

You do not need to specifically choose a family member or a friend to be executor/trustee. You can have a close friend carry out your wishes. Or, if you don’t have anyone you can entrust this job with, you can hire an estate/probate attorney to be responsible for closing your estate.

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