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How Can I Appoint An Executor to My Estate?

An executor has some important responsibilities once you pass away. It’s a good idea to take some time to figure out who would be the right fit for this job. You can appoint an executor to your estate during the estate planning process, and if you have any confusion about what’s going on a Des Moines wills lawyer can advise you on what to do.

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What is the Job of an Executor?

The primary purpose of an executor is to make sure that the last will and testament of the deceased is carried out. They will be responsible for:

  • Paying off any remaining debts and creditors
  • Ensuring that the right beneficiaries receive the assets that are being passed down to them
  • Canceling credit cards
  • Closing bank accounts

This can be a lot of work, so it’s a good idea to take time to find someone that you can trust to handle all of these tasks.

What Are Good Qualities to Look for in an Executor?

When you are thinking about who to choose as an executor, you want to make sure that you are picking someone who would take the responsibility seriously. This is someone that you and your family can rely on.

This person should also have some free time to carry out the duties of the executor. Someone with multiple kids of their own or a high-pressure job may struggle to make time for yet another responsibility.

If you do not think that your family members will be a good fit, you can pick an outside party to take charge. Usually people pick a bank or their lawyer.

When Do I Appoint My Executor?

An executor can be appointed in two ways. The best method is appointing one when your will is made. A lawyer can help you draw up a legally binding will and decide who will be the executor of said will.

If you never pick an executor of your own, the probate court can decide who will be in charge of your estate during the probate process. The court might end up picking someone you would have picked, but they might not. That’s why it’s a good idea to pick an executor of your own during the estate planning process.

Do I Need a Lawyer’s Help?’

Having a lawyer’s help can make this process easier. Making an estate plan on your own can be tough. You need to make sure that documents like the will are legally binding so that your choice of executor is recognized by the courts. If there are any problems with an estate plan, that can cause headaches and extra stress for your family members after you pass away.

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If you don’t have an estate plan, it’s time to establish one. Contact Herting Law, PLLC and schedule a consultation with a lawyer. We can answer all of your questions and develop a comprehensive plan that works for you and your family.

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