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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 sadly, 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 public in your area to be your executor, or at least discuss the issue with them. They would charge a fee to act as executor, 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.

There are also professional trust companies that provide executor services (again, for a fee). How this might work is explained here.

David Watts
David Watts Notary Public
Reviewed November 2020

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

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