Sunday, January 13, 2008

How to Name an Executor to Settle Your Estate


The executor of your will is there to make sure that everything runs smoothly after your death. That person is responsible for collecting and inventorying your estate assets, paying off your remaining debts, your taxes, and any administration expenses associated with your estate, then distributing the remaining assets to your beneficiaries as named in your will. That person has to be someone that you trust and someone who is willing to discharge these difficult duties. The process for naming the executor, however, is quite simple.


Difficulty: Moderate

Naming an Executor

Things You'll Need

  • Attorney
  • Will



Step One

Talk to the person who is to be named executor in order to make sure they understand the responsibilities and duties of their position. Ask for their permission to be named executor before you formally name them in the document.

Step Two

Name your executor in your will. At the time you create your will, you will be required to name the executor of your estate. Simply fill the name in correctly in your documents and provide any necessary contact information.

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