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Who Is Best Suited to See an Estate Through Probate?
Settling a recently deceased individual's estate is a difficult task. The process can be long, stressful and require a lot of work. Many people are not cut out to take on the role of executor and see a Florida estate through probate, and that is not necessarily a bad thing. However, it does mean that it is important for individuals to choose the right executors for their estates.
Various characteristics make up a good executor candidate, and it is wise for parties to thoroughly review those characteristics. After all, a person who is successful, good with money and driven may seem like an ideal executor, but that may not be true. Even if a person performs well at his or her job, it does not necessarily mean that he or she handles personal matters well or that the individual could handle someone else's personal matters well.
If considering adult children as executor candidates, it is important to remember that just because a child is the eldest does not mean that he or she is well-suited to be the executor. In some cases, younger siblings may have more maturity and better capabilities for handling such a serious affair. It could also be true that a younger child simply has more time to take on the process than the eldest.
When choosing an executor, it is often smart to discuss the appointment with the candidate before simply choosing him or her. A person may object to taking on the role for any number of reasons, and simply saddling him or her with the job can be burdensome. Because probate can be so trying, it is important that a Florida executor is ready, willing and able to take on the role.