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What you need to know about executors in estate planning

When someone dies in Michigan, their estate must be administered. This process can be complex, and often requires the help of an executor.

Who is an executor?

An executor is someone who is responsible for managing the estate of a deceased person. This professional is usually appointed by the deceased person in their will. However, if the deceased person did not appoint an executor, or if the executor is unable to perform their duties, the court may appoint someone.

What are the responsibilities of an executor?

One of the executor’s main responsibilities is to file the deceased person’s will with the probate court. They also need to notify all of the estate’s beneficiaries of their inheritance. In addition, the executor must collect all of the estate’s assets, pay any debts and taxes, and then distribute the remaining assets to the beneficiaries.

Thirdly, the executor must keep accurate records throughout the estate & probate administration process and provide updates to the beneficiaries. Lastly, the executor must settle any disputes that may arise during estate administration.

Which qualities make a good executor?

Some qualities that make a good executor include being organized, detail-oriented and efficient. They need these qualities to keep track of estate assets, debts and taxes. They must also be able to communicate well, as they will need to provide updates to beneficiaries and handle any disputes. Being honest and impartial is also important, as the executor must treat all beneficiaries fairly. Lastly, the executor must be able to handle the stress of estate administration, as it can be a difficult and emotional process.

If you are considering estate planning, it is important to choose an executor who has these qualities. With the help of a professional, you can ensure that it’s handled properly and that your beneficiaries are taken care of.