Along with working with an attorney to write your will, appointing an executor is a critical part of estate planning. Your appointed executor will be in charge of administering your estate through the probate process after you have passed away.
Your chosen executor should be trustworthy, financially responsible and fully capable of managing your assets. Serving as an executor of a will can involve complicate, time-consuming tasks, such as paying claims, selling off assets, distributing property to heirs and protecting the estate. To avoid potential conflicts of interest, some people choose to appoint a paid executor who is not a friend or relative. If you have questions about who should serve as your executor, speak with your attorney about your options.