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I can’t find anyone to be the executor of my will. What should I do?
I live in a small town and don’t know anybody here, and my situation with my relatives is complicated.

I can’t find anyone to be the executor of my will. What should I do? - Answer

It’s unfortunate to hear that you can't find an executor, which is a key role to ensure your estate is distributed properly. Also, having an executor means somebody (often, a beneficiary) won’t have to take the extra, time-consuming step of applying to a court for a grant of administration, which can be required if no executor is named in your will.

But there are options. You can ask a lawyer or notary in your area to be your executor. They would charge a fee for this, but, as you may or may not know, any executor can charge reasonable fees to your estate for their efforts. The cost would vary, depending on where you live and how complex your will is.

If you’re looking for more information on the role of the executor, how to draft a will, and related issues, check out our website — we have some of the most reliable and popular wills and estate resources in British Columbia.

David Kandestin
People's Law School
Reviewed October 2020

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