Does my Executor have to be a family member?

No. Most people choose to name a family member as Executor, but this is not required. Some people choose to name professionals such as CPAs or attorneys. If you don’t have any family close-by or willing to serve, you could also select a close and trusted friend if he or she is willing to serve as Executor. If you would like to name a family member, keep in mind that the family member does not need to be a financial or legal expert to be a great Executor. Trustworthiness, organization, responsibility, and common sense will go a long way.

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John A. Cocklereece, Jr.

John Cocklereece concentrates his practice on property tax appeals, business law, tax controversies, and estate planning and administration.
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Attorney Travis Woolen

Travis Woolen

Travis joined Bell, Davis & Pitt shortly after graduating from law school. Focusing his practice on trusts and estates, he regularly advises clients regarding the preparation of simple Wills, Revocable Trusts, and Powers of Attorney, as well as more complex tax planning trusts and other documents to carry out his clients’ desires in a tax-efficient manner. Travis also regularly helps implement estate plans by representing fiduciaries in the administration of trusts and estates.
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