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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Travis Woolen

Travis joined Bell, Davis & Pitt as a trusts and estates attorney shortly after graduating from the University of North Carolina School of Law. Prior to joining Bell, Davis & Pitt, he worked as a loan officer at a financial institution in Raleigh for several years.
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