If the executor of my mom’s estate is ill, can he appoint an executor on his behalf in case he passes before the estate is complete?

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Asked on July 16, 2014 under Estate Planning, Texas


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Sometimes the person named in a Will as executor of the estate may be unable or unwilling to serve due to illness or other commitments. It is for this reason that most Wills name an "alternate executor". This is the person who takes over as executor if the primary executor steps down. If a Will does not name an alternate, then the probate court will intervene and appoint an "administrator". Bottom line, an executor cannot appoint their replacement.

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