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Does my executor need assistance?

When you name an executor to your estate, you are shouldering an individual, or possibly several individuals, with a number of very serious responsibilities. No one should take the position of an executor lightly, and anyone creating an estate plan should provide reasonable resources and assistance to their executor to ensure that all the relevant duties can actually be carried out.

Essentially, your executor makes sure that the details of your will or estate plan are followed according to your wishes, oversees the process of distributing the estate to your beneficiaries, and maintains your estate until the process is complete.

It is not uncommon for a person to aid one's executor in a number of ways. First, you may find, especially if your estate requires a great deal of attendance, that one executor is not sufficient. In these cases, you may name more than one executor, but it is still usually wise to indicate one person who will serve as the head executor.

Similarly, it is always wise to consider whether your executor needs professional guidance to properly execute your estate plan or will. When it comes to these matters, sometimes the law is not easily understood, or some unanticipated legal issue may threaten to derail the process. It may be best for everyone if you provide legal support for your executor or executor team.

However you choose to support your executor, it will only help you and your loved ones in the long run. If you are ready to set up a strong support network for your executor, you can reach out to an experienced estate planning attorney who will assist you in creating a strong executor team.

Source: findlaw, "What Does an Executor Do?," accessed May 12, 2017

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