No, even though you have been named as an Executor/Executrix in someone’s will you do not have to accept the appointment. You are entitled to renounce your rights to be the Executor/Executrix, but you will need to renounce in favor of someone who will accept the role of administering the estate. This can be another family member, a friend or in some cases a willing attorney. But before you relinquish your rights as Executor/Executrix it’s important to keep some things in mind. While the Will dictates how an estate will be distributed, there are often many decisions that need to be made about the assets and debts prior to distribution and these are made by the Executor/Executrix. They may consult with the heirs and hope for a full agreement by the heirs, but they are not required to do so and only have to do what is in the best interest of the estate as a whole. An Executor/Executrix is also entitled to take a reasonable fee for the work they perform.
While an Executor/Executrix does take on a large responsibility when accepting the appointment to administer the estate, at Evashavik Law, LLC we will provide all the assistance necessary to make the administration go as smoothly as possible. Whether it’s answering your questions, completing asset liquidation documents, assisting with debt negotiation/settlement, or dealing with a difficult heir, we can help you in your role as Executor/Executrix.