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How to choose an executor for your estate

Planning for your passing may seem like a depressing task, but proper preparation will give you peace of mind knowing that you're taking care of your family and ensuring your wishes come to fruition. Preparation requires more than just writing a will, however. You also need to name an executor of your estate. It's important to choose the person wisely to prevent the court having to, so consider the following information as you make your decision.

Know your options if you don't trust a trustee

Being assigned the role of estate administrator, trustee or other fiduciary is a responsibility that must be taken seriously. A person in these positions is expected to act in the best interests of another person and carry out that person's wishes in the event of death or incapacity. Unfortunately, some people take advantage of these roles and breach their fiduciary duty.

What you need to know about executing a will

If the entertainment industry has taught us anything, it's that real life is never so simple. The same could be said about death. After someone dies in a TV drama, we're often treated to a scene in which a person behind a desk doles out the contents of the deceased person's will. One surviving family member gets an antique pocket watch while another gets a million-dollar windfall, and the family feuds launch from there.

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