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Helping Your Executor: Estate Planning Tips to Make their Job Easier

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When you designate someone to be your executor in a will, you are giving them a huge responsibility. This person will be responsible for wrapping up your affairs after you pass away. This can include paying off debts, distributing assets, and handling final arrangements. It is important to make their job as easy as possible by providing them with the necessary information and documents. In this blog, we will discuss some tips on how to do just that.

What Is the Role of an Executor?

An executor of a will is someone who has been chosen to implement a deceased person's last will and testament. The executor's most essential responsibility is to follow the decedent's instructions to administer their assets and desires. If you plan on creating a last will and testament, you will need to determine who should be your executor. You can take proactive steps now to help your executor and loved ones in the event that you pass away.

Tips to Help Your Executor

First and foremost, you should keep all of your important documents in a safe and secure place. This could be a locked filing cabinet, a fire-proof safe, or even a safety deposit box at the bank. Your executor will need access to documents like your will, financial records, insurance policies, and property deeds. By keeping them all in one place, you can make their job much easier.

In addition to keeping physical copies of important documents, you should also create an online login or security measure that gives your executor access to your digital assets. This could include things like social media accounts, email accounts, online banking information, and cryptocurrency wallets. Again, your goal is to make this information easily accessible to your executor.

If you have any questions about estate planning or need help getting started, please contact our team at Crain & Wooley. We can help you create a comprehensive estate plan that will protect your loved ones and your assets.

Get in touch with our team today at (972) 945-1610 to schedule a consultation!