During the probate process in Connecticut, the executor of an estate has many important responsibilities. The executor is chosen by the deceased when the deceased is writing his will, and it is the executor’s job to move the estate through the probate process. An experienced attorney can provide help to those who are making a will. An attorney can assist you with many different aspects of preparing your estate plan, including determining who is best suited to serve as executor and what traits an executor should have.
Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates has extensive experience with estate planning, including helping people to select an executor of an estate. Give us a call at 860-548-1000 or contact us online to find out more about the estate planning process and your options in selecting someone to serve as an executor.
How to Choose an Executor of an Estate
When choosing an executor of an estate, you need to think carefully about who has the qualities you want in an executor and you need to think carefully about who has the ability to serve as an executor.
Executors have an important role to play, and many tasks to do, when someone has passed away. The person you choose as the executor must be able to successfully accomplish these tasks. This includes taking steps like filing the appropriate court paperwork for Connecticut probate in the correct court location, keeping an accounting of the estate, and complying with tax obligations.
Your executor can and should hire an attorney to provide assistance during the probate process. However, you still need to make sure your executor is able to find a lawyer and handle the processes involved in probate. This becomes complicated by the fact that this process occurs during the grieving phase right after your death, so life may be hard for close family members who are coping with loss while also trying to navigate the post-death legal processes.
The executor of a will also has to be capable of managing your assets and must be honest and trustworthy enough to manage your assets. The probate process can take months, and during this time, it is the executor who pays the bills, monitors investments, and otherwise takes necessary steps to protect the value of an estate. You need someone with the knowledge to be able to handle this task, which can sometimes be complicated depending upon the nature of the property that you own.
Honesty matters a lot in an executor as well. An executor has a fiduciary duty to act in the best interests of the estate, so your heirs could take action if the executor was enriching himself at their benefit or was acting improperly in regard to estates. You do not want your beneficiaries and family members to have to go through this legal process, though, so you should make sure that you choose someone you can trust to do right by you and your beneficiaries so court action does not have to be taken due to an executor’s wrongful actions.
Why Getting Legal Help is so Important When Choosing an Executor
It is important to understand exactly what is involved in the probate process and what role an executor will play. An experienced probate and estate planning lawyer can provide you with help in choosing an executor and in making sure that you have included appropriate clauses and provisions in your will so your choice is respected and your assets are distributed according to your wishes.
An attorney can also help you to explore alternative options for estate planning if there are some assets which you do not want to have pass through the probate process. For example, you may wish to have a business or certain investments transfer right away to new owners upon your death so the executor does not become responsible for these assets. Trust administration and various other Connecticut estate planning tools can make it possible for this to occur.
Getting Help from A Connecticut Probate and Estate Planning Lawyer
Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates has the experience and skill you need to make a legally valid will and to advise you on selecting an executor of an estate who will do the job right. We work hard for all of our clients and help them throughout the estate planning process so they can make a comprehensive plan to protect their families and futures. To find out more about the assistance that we offer, give us a call at 860-548-1000 or contact us online to speak with a member of our legal team and learn more about the help we offer.