When a person engages in estate planning and preparing a Last Will and Testament, numerous items of information and directions are set forth in a Will. Along with providing provisions naming beneficiaries and describing distributions of assets, a testator needs to designate fiduciaries such as Executors and Trustees.
The selection of Executors is a very important aspect of planning an estate since such designees are to be responsible for handling all estate affairs and settling the estate. Typically, the testator nominates a primary executor as well as successor Executors. The New York Probate Lawyer Blog has published many articles concerning the selection of fiduciaries and other aspects of estate administration.
The Executor of a Will is appointed when the Will is admitted to probate. At that time Letters Testamentary are issued to the Executor. However, there are occasions when the probate of the Will may be delayed. Such delays may be due to a Will Contest or the search for next of kin. Also, there may be a need to locate the original signed copy of a Will or an attesting witness who is needed to sign an affidavit.