Understanding Your Role When You’re Not the Executor of the Estate
The time period following the death of a loved one tends to be filled with emotion, and despite the number of actions that need to be accomplished over the weeks and months that follow, it can be difficult to ensure everything remains on track. Although the executor of the deceased’s estate takes on considerable responsibility, it’s natural for others to want to be involved in the process of handling various affairs, from financial matters to the distribution of assets.
Unfortunately, for many families, this distribution of roles and responsibilities ends up being fraught with conflict. To minimize the role that old resentments play in settling an estate, here are some tips to consider if you are not serving as the executor:
- You’re still allowed to participate: If you’re a member of the deceased’s family, you have every right to participate in discussions or hearings related to the settlement of the estate. You are also entitled to speak up if you’re concerned about whether your best interests and the wishes of the deceased are being properly considered.
- Make sure all assets are being protected: The role of the executor is to make sure assets are protected and disbursed or sold in a fair manner, but your input is also important. If the executor wants to sell property for less than it’s worth or give it away, it shouldn’t happen without the consent and agreement of other interested parties.
- The process can take years: Settling an estate may take a long time, but you can help move the process along by being engaged and interested. Offer your time and energy to assist the executor in any way that would be helpful.
- Keep the lines of communication open: Due to the emotions involved, it’s easy for individuals to worry or feel as if the executor is not being open or honest. You can help reduce stress and anxiety by staying in touch with the executor and other interested parties, encouraging an environment of collaboration.
If you are not the executor of your loved one’s estate, but want to better understand your role, rights and responsibilities, speak with an experienced Florida estate administration attorney at the Charles Law Offices today.