I am named executor of my father's will (who is now in poor health) but I live in a different city, I'm in Memphis, TN and he is in Knoxville, TN. He doesn't own any real estate but he probably has become involved in some business transactions.
That will be completely dependent on the type of assets your father has at the time of his death. There is nothing in the estate administration laws that require an executor to do things in person that can otherwise be done by other means. That being said there may be assets or affairs of your father's that require a physical presence. The court will ultimately decide if you are the best suited to serve as executor when that time comes. Though courts give great deference to the named executor in a Will, the court is in no way bound by that when appointing an estate administrator.
This advice is for general purposes only and does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Your situation is complex, and nothing you are going to learn online can possible address your needs sufficiently. You should seek counsel from a licensed attorney in your area before you take any actions.
The earlier response is right on. I would add that if your father has probatable assets you will likely be retaining an attorney in Knox County. Oftentimes the attorney will do most of the work which might alleviate the need for your presence. The fact that your father leaves a Will does not always mean that you need to have it probated. To analyze this a legal consultation would be beneficial so that you would know what to expect and to plan for.
Generally not especially if the assets of the estate are at national banks that have branches close to you, depending on your State's court requirements, you may need to appear in person for any filings but if you hire an attorney in the County where the probate is initiated then they can generally make take care of that for you. Acting as a fiduciary of an estate takes is a big responsibility, I would urge you to see an experienced estate administration attorney to assist you and ensure you are following your fiduciary obligations to the Estate. best of luck!
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