Restrictions on Who Can Serve as Your Executor

One of the most important reasons to make a will is to name your executor -- called a “personal representative” in many states. After your death, your executor’s primary job is to protect your property until any debts and taxes have been paid, and then transfer what’s left to those who are entitled to it.

Every state has some rules about who may serve as the executor of an estate that goes through probate. Below, you'll find the requirements for your state.

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