The need for an Executor to assume the responsibilities of his or her role immediately after death places the Executor in a difficult position. Executors have to obtain the will, take control of the estate and begin planning the funeral, and Executors who are family members or friends must fulfill their role while their own, as well as other family and friends’ grief and loss is sharpest.
The emotion and differing reactions of everyone affected can place the Executor in difficult situations as everyone moves into the various stages of grief. The Executor must communicate information that may be troubling for others, organize and manage multiple activities, make decisions, and deal with any and all situations that arise. The demands of the Executor’s role are frequently in conflict with personal needs in the first days, and often for many weeks after the death of their loved one.
The stress and anxiety associated with an individual’s death can be significantly reduced when the Estate Planner and Executor have worked together to ensure the Executor is well prepared for the role.
Our Planner and Executor Workbooks are designed to support that preparation by creating a forum for the conversations most people hesitate to have about death and dying.