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An Elder Law Attorney Can Help You Choose Estate Executors and Administrators

Elder law focuses on the variety of complex legal issues facing seniors. Elder law attorneys in Santa Rosa are advocates for their clients and their loved ones.

Your elder law attorney will create a power of attorney for you, help you with financial planning, draft a living will or other advance directives, and help you choose the right estate executor and administrator.

What Do Estate Executors and Administrators Do?

When creating a will, one of the first things to do is choose an executor. An estate executor is responsible for carrying out the final wishes of the creator of the will. The executor submits the decedent’s final will and testament to the probate court for review.

They must identify and collect the decedent’s assets for safekeeping while also being responsible for notifying the beneficiaries and other parties of the creator’s death. They must use the estate funds to pay the decedent’s debts. They must have all assets valued for tax purposes and close the estate after all debts are satisfied.

If a person dies intestate (without a will) or there is a will but an executor wasn’t appointed or is unable or unwilling to act, the court will appoint an administrator to administer the estate. The role and responsibilities of an estate administrator and executor are identical.

Choose the Right Executor

What makes a good executor? The ideal executor understands and respects the wishes of the creator of the will. An executor must know how to balance the decedent’s wishes with the best interests of the beneficiaries.

Your elder law attorney will help you choose a knowledgeable and trustworthy executor. The professional will look for someone with a good head on their shoulders.

Your attorney will help you identify a person who knows and respects your wishes, is a good communicator, and is organized and detail-oriented.

An executor’s personal life can affect their ability to fulfill their duties. Elder law attorneys look for patient, emotionally grounded persons who can successfully juggle work and life.

If you cannot decide whether you should name a loved one as executor or appoint someone from outside your family as executor, your attorney will help you solve the dilemma.

The Johnston Thomas Law team consists of skilled and experienced elder law attorneys in Santa Rosa. Our knowledge allows us to create customized legal solutions for our clients. To consult an attorney, call our office at (707) 545-6542.

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