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The right executor is a critical element of estate planning

Jackson, Missouri, residents interested in estate planning often wonder how to select an estate executor. As this is the individual responsible for carrying out your final wishes and your instructions, it is crucial to make the right choice.

Although picking an executor is an extremely personal task, there are several characteristics all good executors possess. Our estate planning attorneys want to share these characteristics with you in the hopes of making it easier for you to select the right person.

  • One of the most important qualities to look for is someone who takes responsibility quite seriously. The many tasks associated with executing an estate plan requires meticulous attention to detail.
  • Another important characteristic to consider is the honesty of the person you choose. When dealing with sensitive matters as well as estate assets, you need someone dedicated to acting in good faith on your behalf.
  • Patience is also an excellent quality good executors possess. The process of managing an estate can take some time, so it is wise to assign these tasks to someone with the patience to see it through.
  • You should also consider choosing someone with good organizational skills. This will ensure that a person who can barely keep their own affairs in order will not undermine your estate planning efforts.

An experienced estate planning attorney can help you select an executor while also giving you sound advice about your estate plan. Consider going over your candidates with your lawyer so that you have a better chance of identifying a candidate who might not be up to the task.

Our website contains additional information about estate planning for Missouri residents. We invite you to keep exploring our pages to find answers to your most pressing questions. You may also reach out to our staff for personalized information.

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