Selecting an Executor

What Is An Executor?

An executor is a personal representative who acts for you after your death. You nominate or designate an executor in your will to settle your estate. The person chosen will act in your place to make decisions you would have made if you were still alive. An executor's responsibilities typically last from nine months to three years (although, an estate may remain open for several years because of will contests or tax problems).

The functions of an executor are varied, but generally your executor:

  • Locates and probates your will
  • Inventories and collects your assets (and sells them if necessary)
  • Pays legitimate creditor claims
  • Pays any taxes owed by your estate
  • Distributes any remaining assets to your beneficiaries

Your executor may be entitled to a fee from your estate for services rendered.

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