We have discussed estate administration many times in our blog posts. Much of our focus has been helping residents in and around Decatur, Texas, understand the duties that come with this important estate planning designation.
Our attorneys also want to help you choose the right person to fulfill the duties associated with estate administration. We have found that most people’s first choice for this role is a spouse or an adult child. Sometimes, handing this role to a family member works out well. Other times, however, it can cause more problems than it solves.
For example, if you have more than one adult child, singling one of them out to act as an executor can lead to disagreements or even legal disputes. It is wise to look at your family circumstances objectively to ensure that choosing a relative will not cause any undue hardships on your loved ones.
Adopting an objective viewpoint allows you to make a well-informed decision when selecting your estate administrator. It can also help if you know what qualities to look for in an executor. A candid discussion with your legal counsel can help you narrow your list based on these good qualities, which include:
- Willingness to serve (which is a necessity)
- Trustworthiness and honesty
- Physical and mental fitness
- Compassion and caring
Of course, you may have your own set of criteria to add to the list above. When you put it all together, you can end up with the perfect candidate to ensure the estate administration and probate processes flow as smoothly as possible.
Please, continue exploring our website and our blog for information about estate planning, administration and probate in Texas.