How to Decline Being a Will Executor After a Death

by Anna Assad

    An executor oversees the estate of a deceased person and handles her final financial affairs. Acting as an executor involves a myriad of duties, including preparing a thorough inventory of assets, paying final debts and taxes, and transferring shares of the estate to the recipients listed in the will. The executor is granted authority through probate, the proceedings used to validate the will. However, you can file in court to be relieved of the obligations of an estate executor.

    Step 1

    Inform the heirs to the estate you do not want to be executor. The family must find another person to oversee the estate.

    Step 2

    Visit the probate court where the proceedings are taking place. Request a Renunciation of Executor form.

    Step 3

    Complete the form. The exact format varies by area, but the form generally requests the city or town the person died in, date of death, date of will and your name.

    Step 4

    Sign and date the form in front of a notary public.

    Step 5

    File the document in probate court. You are released from the obligation once the court approves the filing.

    About the Author

    Anna Assad began writing professionally in 1999 and has published several legal articles for various websites. She has an extensive real estate and criminal legal background. She also tutored in English for nearly eight years, attended Buffalo State College for paralegal studies and accounting, and minored in English literature, receiving a Bachelor of Arts.