Steve Baker

Who Should My Executor Be?

Article Type: Ask a Planner

Q: What are my options for an executor of my will or a trustee of my trust?

A: You have a variety of options when it comes to making this important decision:

• Family member

• Trusted friend

• Trusted advisor

• Trust company or trust department at a bank

• In some states, a professional fiduciary

Each of these have advantages and disadvantages, but in any case, you should make sure your selected executor or trustee has the required expertise, integrity and time available. Additionally, consider whether there are family dynamics that would make the job more difficult. Using a non-relative can relieve a family of a lot of unnecessary stress and relational conflict.

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