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Is It Difficult to Change the Executor of Your Will?

Butler Law May 19, 2021

If you currently have a will, then it’s highly likely that you named an executor of it. This is the person that is responsible for carrying out your wishes specified in the will after your passing. Over time, you may find that you want to rename the executor of your will. Doing so in the state of South Carolina isn’t too difficult.

Simply Draft Another Will

An estate planning lawyer can assist you in drafting another will. You’ll simply need to remove the name of your previous executor and have it replaced with a new one. It’s highly advisable that you ensure that your previous executor, if still living, is notified of the change. You should keep an updated copy of your will with your new executor, with your lawyer and at your personal residence.

Reasons Why You Might Want to Change Your Executor

Just because you had a will drafted up with a specific person named as the executor doesn’t mean that it has to stay that way going into the future. Rather, you have the right to change the executor of your will whenever you so choose. There are many different reasons that you may want to do so.

One of the most common reasons is because the executor has passed away or become seriously ill. Another reason is that you may have named your spouse as your executor and you’ve recently gone through a divorce. You may have even had a falling-out with the person that you named your executor so you’d like to take them off of your will.

Changing the name of the executor on your will is fairly simple to do. You’ll have to have the will redone with a new executor named. If you have any questions regarding this process, you should seek the help of an attorney.