What happens if the executor of a Will dies before probate of the estate is closed?

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Asked on August 28, 2016 under Estate Planning, New York

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

If an executor dies before probate is closed, then the "co-executor" or "alternate executor", if any, takes over. If no co-executor or alternate was named in the Will, then the probate court will appoint someone as executor. This is tynpically a family member, friend, lawyer, etc. They are then be responsible for the administration of the estate.


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