When friends or loved ones are creating their estate plan, it generally involves having a will drafted. Another part of this process is choosing the best person to be in charge of executing the will and ensuring that the details of the will are followed, as well as other important processes. That individual is called an executor or in some states, a personal representative. For many would-be executors, he or she has no idea what responsibilities are involved until after the will goes into effect and at that point, can feel very overwhelmed. A recent article provided some helpful tips for executors to aid them in their obligations.
Wills are rarely hidden from public view. However, some Hollywood celebrities and other famous people request the sealing of a will for privacy.
Los Angeles actress Reese Witherspoon and her brother were in probate court last month to request a conservatorship for their 70-year-old father. Reese's mother, Betty Witherspoon, and father, John Witherspoon, have been married for more than 40 years.
Planning for our deaths is not high on the priority ladder for most Los Angeles residents. However, as we get older, we begin to come to terms with the inevitable -- our mortality. What more, as parents, it isn't always a pleasant topic of conversation to have with our children.