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All three siblings are listed as executors of a will. Who has the most power?

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Three siblings are all listed as equal executors of a will. Can any of them file the will in probate court? Have access to checking & savings accounts? Or does it go by eldest first?

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  1. Any can file, but all three should be appointed unless they waive their right to serve. There is no priority among the three, by age or otherwise, unless the will gives such a priority. Equal executors means what is says: it takes all three.

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  2. If the will names the three siblings as executors, they will have equal power. Whether they must act jointly or may act separately may be specified in the will. Under the Texas Estates Code, any one of the executors can act for all of them if the will does not specify how they shall act. To transfer title to real estate, all three must sign. The relative age of each executor does not determine relative authority.

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  3. You really should hire an attorney to help with this, especially if there are multiple executors. Any of you can file to probate the will.

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