Inform the heirs to the estate you do not want to be executor. The family must find another person to oversee the estate.
Visit the probate court where the proceedings are taking place. Request a Renunciation of Executor form.
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.
Sign and date the form in front of a notary public.
File the document in probate court. You are released from the obligation once the court approves the filing.