A will is a plan that you will never get to enact yourself. After all, a will conveys your wishes for what happens to your assets and property after your death. Because you will never be able to oversee the enaction of your plan, you need to choose someone to carry out the plan. In a will, this person is an executor and is a job that comes with great responsibility.
Your choice for executor is as personal as the contents of your will. People typically choose an organized and trustworthy person close to them like a spouse, sibling or adult child.
The job description
You and your will’s executor will collaborate on the strategic elements of your will. This includes cluing them in to the location of your will and how to find your will. Once they find your will, they will take inventory of your property and assets and ensuring that your listed beneficiaries receive their inheritance.
The executor will also have their hands full tying up any loose ends of your life, including everything from bank accounts, collecting the mail, closing credit cards and email accounts and more. They will likely need copies of your death certificate to complete many of these tasks.
One of the most important tasks your executor completes is your final taxes. Failure to complete any of these may lead to a probate court replacing your executor with someone of your choosing. California courts typically choose spouses, then siblings and children.
Who will you choose?
Who you choose for your will’s executor is a big decision. Choosing the wrong person could make your family’s life more difficult, which is something no one wants. However, a responsible and organized executor can the grieving process easier by reducing stress.