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What powers do you assign to an executor?

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Be sure to consider what is involved, before naming or agreeing to act as an executor. 

• An executor carries out the instructions in your will. Co-executors can share the task.
• Jurisdictional laws define what the executor must do, whether they are a friend, relative, professional, or a trust company—however, the will can specify even more extensive powers.
• The executor may have to deal with some or all of the following at an emotional time: a funeral home, beneficiaries, past taxes, insurance and investment companies, government and business pension departments, real estate agents, lawyers, accountants, appraisers, stock brokers, and business partners.
• They may also be empowered to convert the estate to cash or divide assets equally among beneficiaries. They can also make payments to the parent/guardian of a beneficiary in most cases.
• The executor (especially if inexperienced in legal or financial matters) should know how complex the estate is before agreeing to the task. If necessary, appoint a co-executor who is a professional in the legal and/or accounting fields.
• Have a clear and objective idea of what will be involved before asking someone to be your executor and before agreeing to act as one.



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