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Does serving as the executor of an estate come at a cost?

It's a great honor to be chosen as the executor of someone's estate. It means that the testator, or the person writing the will, has a great deal of respect for you and that they trust you to carry out their final wishes. Being chosen as the executor of someone's estate does come at a price though.

Estate administration doesn't just include asset distribution

It's generally not long after a testator's funeral has happened and their will has been filed with a Middlesex probate court that beneficiaries start coming out of the woodworks. They often do so to make sure that they get their cut of the assets. While you may be tempted to speed up the estate administration process to put an end to all the chaos, it's best if you don't make any rash decisions.

Which family members are most apt to contest your will?

It can be beneficial for testators, or for those drafting a will, to communicate with their heirs in advance of their passing. By doing so, they can let them know what their final wishes are. This seldom happens though. Many of them let their preferences be known only after their executor files their will with a New Jersey probate court. This often results in hurt feelings and contested wills.

Executors shouldn't try to administer an estate all on their own

When a testator drafts their will, they're required to appoint an executor to handle their estate once they've passed on. The person selected for this role should be trustworthy as they'll be responsible for paying final expenses and distributing assets to your heirs. This executor should be advised of their appointment to this role in advance so that they can learn more about their responsibilities.

Getting a judge to appoint a new executor requires convincing

One of the key responsibilities of the person drafting a will, or testator, is to select the executor of their estate. The individual appointed to this role is responsible for preserving the value of its assets, filing its final tax return, paying creditors and distributing what's left in the estate to any heirs. It's a sign of trusts for a testator to appoint you to this role. Being given it doesn't mean that the heirs will agree that you're worthy of it, though.

Are you responsible for a deceased loved one's debts?

People who pass away have often battled a long illness like cancer. Many have simply had years of poor health. Sometimes they die after a serious accident. In all of these cases, they may leave many thousands of dollars in medical bills. What happens to all of those unpaid bills?

Executors: An honorable, but difficult, job

One of the reasons that estate administration is so difficult for people is because it is not very common and requires planning years in advance. That planning may or may not involve the person who will eventually take over the estate. No one likes to bring up death, but not doing so actually makes an executor's job harder.

Does the family gather to hear the reading of the will?

If you watched a movie where a character passed away, you may have then watched a scene where all of the friends and relatives sat in a room while a lawyer read them that person's will. Does this really happen? Is that how you find out what was left to you?

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