Legal-Ease: Mothers make good executors

Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney with Schroeder Law LLC in Ottawa. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at or at (419) 523-5523. This article is not intended to serve as legal advice, and specific advice should be sought from the licensed attorney of your choice based upon the specific facts and circumstances that you face.

The job of an executor is to transfer ownership of property of a deceased person, and often the good work ethic and leadership that comes from motherhood makes mothers excellent executors of wills. Executors are tasked with identifying property at time of death, interpret the will to decide who will get what property, transfer the ownership of property and confirm that they’ve done the transfer of property to the best of their ability.

My own mother and many other mothers have demonstrated that they are dependable, hard-working and willing to lead, if only by successfully parenting kids. Dependability, leadership and good work ethic often make mothers attractive candidates to serve as executors of our estates when we pass away.

Generally, an executor is the person who transfers ownership of a deceased person’s (decedent’s) property from the decedent to whomever is to inherit that property under the decedent’s will or Ohio law.

Read Lee’s full article on executors in the Lima News here: Legal-Ease: Mothers make good executors

Source:, Legal-Ease: mothers make good executors by Lee R. Schroeder, May 10, 2014

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