Most Texas residents want their final affairs to be handled properly and with dignity. Fortunately, there are many estate planning options that could help interested parties better ensure that their estates close in the manners they see fit. In particular, it may prove wise for individuals to think carefully about who they want to put in charge of their probate proceedings.
The person who carries out the necessary probate-related duties, including submitting the will to the court, is known as an executor. When creating their estate plans, individuals have the opportunity to name a person or multiple people to act in the role. However, choosing the right person or people is vital, as probate can be difficult and time-consuming.
There are a number of tasks that the executor will need to carry out and various people with whom he or she will need to interact. There will be financial professionals, legal professionals, family members and friends that will likely all need contacting. This and other aspects of the probate process could easily give an executor anxiety and perhaps cause the individual to feel uncertain about the best ways to effectively close the estate. Because of stress that can come with probate, it is important that an executor feels willing and able to complete the process.
There is also a chance that conflict could come about during probate proceedings, and it is important that executors are ready to handle such issues. Because it is common for uncertainty to come along with any type of legal proceeding, individuals who have taken on the role of executor may want to ensure that they complete the process properly. Enlisting the help of Texas attorneys may be a wise step in this endeavor.
Source: Forbes, "Choosing An Executor For Your Estate", Rob Clarfeld, May 16, 2018