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When will a court replace the executor of a will?

Creating a will is a series of big decisions, none of which you should make lightly. Having a good will can make it easier for your loved ones to manage after your death. Among those important decisions is who will handle all the final expenses after your death. This person called the executor.

It’s important for the person you choose as the executor of your will to be trustworthy to carry out these responsibilities. Before you make anything official, make sure the person you choose can:

  • Ensure they pay any outstanding debts from your assets. Common debts include medical bills, funeral costs, and estate taxes. Oversee the disbursement of your assets and property to your beneficiaries in a timely manner.
  • Take inventory of your property and assets and understand how you wish to have them disbursed.

Among the other key responsibilities includes notifying your next of kin in writing within 60 days of the probate of your will and proof filed to the respective county within 10 days of completing the task. Failure to complete these tasks in time could result in fines to your estate and them removed and replaced as the executor of your estate.

Choose carefully

As you see, there are many factors to consider. Who among your list of candidates is trustworthy and won’t allow personal interests to interfere with your wishes? Which person has strong organizational skills and money-savvy enough to handle the job?

While you never want to hurt anyone’s feelings, choosing the right executor requires significant consideration. The right choice not only ensures your will’s effectiveness, but that your surviving loved ones don’t have any added stress. If not, the courts will find someone who can fulfill these obligations.

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