You’ve probably identified a close family member or friend to serve as the executor of your estate. But given the complexity of the challenge, the required commitment of time, and the significant emotional and personal toll the duty can exact, is that person really the best choice?
Did you know that the settlement of your estate could take eighteen months or longer to complete? In addition, your executor will be legally responsible and financially liable for a wide range of exceedingly complex tasks including:
But perhaps most challenging, your executor will need to balance the competing interests of beneficiaries who may be close friends or relatives – all during an emotionally charged time.
Our long history of trust and estate settlement excellence dates back to 1893. It’s a tradition built on the belief that estate settlement isn’t a transaction; it’s a deeply personal undertaking and commitment. When you name SunTrust as executor or trustee, you’ll be confident that the management of your estate will reflect your values and promote your most important wealth goals.
Many people instinctively turn to a close family member to serve as the executor of their estate. But given the complexity of the challenge, the required commitment of time, and the significant emotional and personal toll that the duty can exact, is that the best choice?
Today, blended families are more the rule than the exception. But how do you ensure you provide for your new spouse without disinheriting your children from a previous marriage? With a little careful planning and a lot of communication you can prevent tension and hurt feelings down the road.
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