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Siblings Asked Me To Be Executor?

Todd was just asked to do something for his mother, but he's not sure what it entails.

QUESTION: Todd is the youngest child of four, but he has been asked to be the executor of his mother’s will.  What does that mean?

You don’t have to be a lawyer.  The executor doesn’t act as the attorney; the executor just acts on behalf of the other heirs.  You can make those decisions by gathering information from the appropriate people. 

You will need to hire a probate attorney to handle the will and the assets of the deceased.  Then, as the executor, you gain control of the different assets to sell or distribute to the other heirs.