Can a Beneficiary Within a Will Also Be Its Executor?

The person chosen as Executor of a Last Will and Testament should be at least minimally qualified to take the steps necessary to gather the assets of the decedent\’s estate, pay any and all creditors who may have a claim against the estate, and distribute the remaining property of the estate per the terms of the Last Will & Testament.

That being said, a person named as a beneficiary in a Will can also serve as the executor or executrix of the estate.

Of course, legal counsel or other advisors can be relied upon for advice in administering the assets of an estate, too.

Again, being a beneficiary under the Last Will & Testament does not automatically disqualify that person from acting as the executor.

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