Legal-Ease: Should I worry about my sibling being executor for my parents?

The concern regarding a sibling being executor of a parent’s will generally arises in multi-children families. Sometimes families get concerned that one sibling as executor might rewrite the will in order to benefit themselves more.

Being an executor is designed to be an administrative task, which means that the executor of a will has little to no discretion. The role of the executor is to simply carry out the task of asset distribution on behalf of the deceased.

A common question often arises among many families. Will the executor of a loved one’s estate be able to “re-write” the will or otherwise control the estate to benefit the executor over others?

Similarly, people (principals) may name one or more other people (agents) in a power of attorney to make financial decisions while the principal is alive. Should people other than the agent worry that the agent will abuse that role?

Read more about wills and executors in Lee’s article in the Lima News here: Legal-Ease: Should I worry about my sibling being executor for my parents?

Source: LimaOhio.com, “Legal-Ease: Should I worry about my sibling being executor for my parents?,” by Lee R. Schroeder, July 27, 2019

Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney at Schroeder Law LLC in Putnam County. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at [email protected] or at 419-659-2058. 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.

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