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Tips for picking the right executor for your will

On Behalf of | Jun 22, 2018 | Family Law

Picking the person who will be the executor of your will is never easy. Not only do you have to think about end-of-life issues, you also have to discuss this with the person you choose. These are very difficult conversations for many people to have but they are incredibly important. Here are some tips for you to follow when you pick the executor of your will in Lafayette, Louisiana.

You should not base your decision solely on expertise. The person you pick should also be very strong with common sense. You will want a mix of both in the person you choose to be your executor. You also want to pick someone you trust because you won’t be around to make sure he or she is following your wishes.

Make sure you pick someone close to you. Many married couples name their spouses as executor. This is fine. Some people name their adult children. This is another good option. You could even choose your sibling if you are unmarried, widowed or a widower.

An important rule to follow here is to always name alternates. You should name an executor of your will and an alternate. The alternate will become the executor should the person you name precede you in death or if he or she backs away from the task after you die.

It’s also smart to review your choices, and your entire estate plan, every couple of years just to make sure it still holds true to what you want.

Once you pick who will serve as your executor, you need to sit down with him or her and let him or her know. Explain to him or her all of your wishes and that he or she is responsible for carrying them out upon your death in Covington.