You should appoint an executor in your Last Will and Testament. It is an important job and shouldn't be taken lightly.
What does an Executor do?
An executor locates heirs, lists property, pays debts, and distributes property to your heirs.
Who should you choose?
A relative or friend can serve as your executor, but you should consider using a professional executor (such as a bank or trust company) if you have a large or complicated estate. An executor should be someone who is familiar with managing property, financial matters, and record-keeping.
Should I contact them first?
Yes, before naming an executor, confirm that the person is willing to serve. Remember that your Will can state that the executor is not required to furnish a bond, thus saving your estate this expense.
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