In limited circumstances it is prudent to name a trust as IRA beneficiary. The practice should be used sparingly, however, because it adds a layer of complexity and increases the administrative burden. Continue reading →
Although banks were commonly named as executors many years ago, this is seldom true anymore. But it certain cases, it still makes sense.
If your children have issues with each other, the child named as executor will have a thankless job. The child’s siblings will be miffed that they were not appointed executor. They will continually contend the executor is acting out of self-interest or favors some siblings at the expense of others. Continue reading →
Choice of executor (sometimes known as “personal representative”) can be the most important part of your will.
In general, most married couples name the surviving spouse as executor. The more difficult choice is the executor upon the death of the surviving spouse. In a harmonious family, one or more of the children is usually a prudent choice. Which one? All things being equal, a child living nearby is a better choice than one living 1,000 miles away. Continue reading →