You are doing your best to prepare your family for the—hopefully far off—day when you are no longer around. You are creating a will and making your wishes known. You are leaving specific property to specific people and making sure that your wishes will be honored and you are doing it in a valid legal document that must be upheld. However, you are still dependent on others to make sure that your wishes will be carried out.
That’s Why it Is Important to Pick the Right Executor
It will be the executor’s job to make sure that your will is properly administered. There are, of course, laws in place to protect the beneficiaries in your will if the executor fails to act or fails act properly, but you want your loved ones to avoid those kinds of legal problems.
Accordingly, it is important to appoint an executor who is:
- Trustworthy. You need to be able to trust the executor to fulfill the terms of your will.
- Willing to accept the responsibility. Being an executor can be a lot of work and can take a lot of time. You should talk to the person whom you appoint to make sure he or she will be willing to act in this capacity.
- Local. It may be easier for someone who lives in California to administer your will.
Now that you have someone in mind, you should also think of another person who meets these criteria so that you can name a subsequent executor who can act in case the first person you name refuses the appointment or dies before you.
Do you have questions about making your executor appointment official? Please contact us via this website to schedule a meeting and we will help you make sure that your appointment is both a good choice and legally binding.