It can be overwhelming to discuss the topic of death with your loved ones. It even can be difficult to discuss it with the person you are closest with, your spouse. This is a discussion that must take place if you want to protect your loved ones and their inheritance upon your death. An important part of putting together an estate plan is choosing who will be the executor in Salem.

So, who can serve as the executor of your estate? This is a broad range of people and can be anyone you name or anyone the court appoints. If you make a choice the person’s name must be included in all of your estate documents so that the court doesn’t think you never named anyone to be executor.

You should chose someone who is close to you and understands your wishes. The executor of your will can be your spouse, your siblings or your children. You won’t name just one person either. You will name alternates in the event that the person who is named first precedes you in death.

The alternate is a good decision to make because the first person you name might wind up declining the responsibility when the time comes. This means that your estate would be stuck in a bind if you didn’t name an alternate executor.

Choosing the executor of your estate is one of the most important choices you need to make when putting together your will and testament. Don’t skip this process as it could put your estate in the wrong hands in Massachusetts.