You have decided to create your will, which is one of the most important things you will do for your loved ones. However, at the Law Offices of Frye & Vazquez, P.L., we know that the choice of whom to carry out your final wishes is also vital. You and other Florida residents should think carefully about the best person for the job.
FindLaw explains that close family members, such as your spouse, a sibling or one of your children, are the most common people who serve as executors of a will. You would want someone you can trust to be organized and honest to ensure your wishes are honored. However, not everyone fits this description, even relatives. You might think twice about naming someone with the following characteristics as your executor:
- Has a bitter rivalry with his or her siblings
- Has been known to make poor financial decisions
- Is passive and may easily give in to the demands of others
- Has a significant criminal history
- Struggles with substance abuse
- Does not care about the wishes or needs of others
You would want to think about each angle when considering someone to serve as your executor. In addition to ruling out negative points, you may also weigh the strengths and abilities of those you are considering. You might also consider a second and third choice, in case your primary executor becomes incapacitated or unable to serve before you can update your will. As our page explains, there are many important decisions to make when doing your estate planning, which may necessitate experienced legal counsel.