If you’re appointed as an executor, you’ve assumed some very important responsibilities. Attorney Fiona Goodison describes some of them in this video. Call or text 800-929-1725 for an appointment to get help.
I wanted to talk to you today about a situation you might find yourself in, and that is, you found out that a family member has appointed you as an executor. Now, what?
Before that person’s death, an executor doesn’t have to do anything. Unlike a power of attorney, you essentially don’t serve any function while that person is alive. Upon their death, an executor essentially steps into that person’s shoes and handles all matters dealing with the estate.
Ultimately, an executor gets sworn in by the court and handles the distribution of assets according to the party’s will. If you find yourself in that position where you have been appointed as an executor, and someone has passed, one of the most important things for you to do is to locate the will of the deceased. The original of the will is what is important and will be required of the court.
The next thing you should do is contact a lawyer as soon as possible, hopefully us, to help determine the next steps. Be it opening a formal probate case, or if we can utilize one of many other tools to wrap up your loved one’s case.
Again, my name is Fiona Goodison, and you can find me in our Fulshear location. But I also want to let you know that we have multiple other offices. You can find us in Richmond and El Campo. You can also find us in Bay City, and you’ll find our main office in Wharton.
If you need help drafting the paperwork associated with becoming an executor for someone, we can help you. If you want to come in and have us assist you with the probate and help you carry out your duties, we’d be more than happy to help you. Call us at 800-929-1725 for an appointment.