Can a lawyer change the name of an executor when drafting a Will without the client requesting the change?

He suggested himself as co-executor.

Asked on July 20, 2014 under Estate Planning, New York

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Uh, no.  And let me tell you that in New York lawyers who draft Wills and then are named as Executors come under great scrutiny by the courts.  If your attorney is making these changes on his own I would strongly suggest you find a new lawyer.  Good luck.


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