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Co-executors. My parents always strove to treat my sister and me equally and fairly. In death, they wanted to continue the tradition and named both my sister and me to be co-executors of their will.  I know that their intent was to have a fair and equal distribution of their assets and not to appear to favor one over the other with the assignation of executor.

My sister lives on the West Coast and I live on the East Coast.  To jointly execute the will would have meant countless hours coordinating the signing and notarizing of documents and co-signing checks. It would have been a logistical nightmare.

Luckily, my sister and I have a wonderful and trusting relationship.  Soon after my mother died, my sister agreed to formally renounce her role as executor, leaving me as the sole executor. She had no interest in the administrative minutia that is a large part of being an executor.  I found being an executor to be extremely time-consuming and was grateful that I did not have the added burden of coordinating every move with my sister.

Tips: Parents should consider the skill sets and availability of their children when choosing an executor.  If there is doubt that the siblings will treat each other fairly, consider a neutral party outside the family, like a lawyer.  If the choice is to have multiple executors, understand that this will result in incremental time coordinating with each other. Finally, if you are one of multiple executors you can formally renounce your responsibilities.

Information found on this web site is for general informational purposes only based on personal experience and should not be construed as legal, tax or other professional advice. You should consult an experienced attorney , tax professional or financial advisor concerning your particular factual situation and any specific questions you may have.

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