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Picking the right person to execute your will

You're writing your will, and you need to choose an executor. This person will be responsible for actually carrying out what your will commands and making sure assets are distributed properly.

The typical choice, as you may know, is a child. After all, this is easiest. The child is also going to benefit from the will, so he or she has incentive to do the job and to do it well.

Still, it's very important to pick the right person. If you have multiple children, you need to pick the one who is best-suited for the job. Plus, if you are worried that none of your children are up to it, you may want to look into other options.

First off, you need someone who is dependable. This has to happen quickly, and you need to know he or she will actually do it. Yes, life gets busy, but you don't want to pick someone who is so busy with his or her own life that they'll ignore the will or put it off. There are deadlines to be met, and you need someone who is vigilant about scheduling.

It's also good to get someone who is good at paperwork and who is very organized. Even a simple will can feel complex and confusing to someone who never deals with legal documents. You need to know that it won't be overwhelming and that your executor is mentally up for the task at hand.

Your will is incredibly important, and it's crucial to take your time learning about all of the little details, from how to draft and file your will to how to pick and officially name an executor.

Source: Huffington Post, "How to Choose the Right Executor for Your Will," Jim T. Miller, accessed June 30, 2017

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