4 Things To Know About Will & Testament Executors In Alabama

4 Things To Know About Will & Testament Executors In Alabama

Picture of a person signing their will & testament.

Executors or administrators (Either title works) are a crucial part of the will and testament. When you write a will, an executor is a person in charge of overseeing your estate. They make sure the right people receive their inheritance and also that any debts are paid. Here are four things you should know about estate executors in the state of Alabama:

1) An executor or administrator is required

If you want a loved one to have this responsibility, you need to make sure it’s written into the will and testament. Otherwise, the court will assign one for you.

2) Executors/administrators can’t be younger than 19

Even though you’re a legal adult at the age of 18, you can’t take on the responsibility of executor until you’re 19, according to Alabama code.

3) You’re not required to accept the role of executor/administrator

Maybe you’ve been assigned the role of executor for a family member’s estate, but for some reason, you’re uncomfortable with it. You don’t have to do it and you can submit a written resignation through the court. However, you need to make sure your successor has all the necessary information to do their job.

4) Administrators can be removed from their position

This role isn’t something to take lightly. It’s extremely important and if the court sees you as unfit for the task, they can take it away. Some reasons for removal include imprisonment, stealing estate funds, illness, and imbecility (Yes, really).

This blog post should not be taken as official legal advice. If you need help with estate administration, you’ll want to work with an experienced attorney. An experienced estate administration attorney can ensure that the process moves forward in an efficient manner. They can ensure the assets are not undervalued, and that no excess obligations are paid, which preserves a greater portion of the assets for the intended beneficiaries.

Attorney Daniel Chambers has dedicated his career to helping clients successfully resolve their various family law, estate, and probate issues. He understands that estate administration issues can be complicated, and is personally available to answer any questions or concerns you may have throughout the process.

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