Though serving as someones trustee or the executor of a will can feel like an honor, and it is, it is also a big responsibility. People that take on these responsibilities need to fully understand that it is a job, and its important that it is done correctly.
When you serve as a trustee or the executor of someones will, you will be given a great deal of financial power of their estate, but you will be obligated to use that power correctly and in the best interest of the estates beneficiaries. If you serve as a trustee or the executor of a will, you will put in a great deal of work, but may receive little to no financial reward for that work. If you are not willing to do this, you may not be the right person for the job.
Handlin this job efficiently can make it a much easier task.
Always use the will or the trust as a guide to help you with your job. Make sure that you completely understand the terms of the will or trust. If you have any questions, you will want to contact a lawyer to help get clarification on the terms of the will or trust.
Act in the best interest of the beneficiaries. What this means is that, not only will you have to act responsibly, you will need to do what is best with the trust. Dont let it set in a savings account, make investments so that the assets grow over time.
Never mix the finances of the trust with your own. You should never borrow money from the trust for any reason. On the same note, do not lend money to the trust. If you keep your finances separate, you can avoid a messy situation that may arise sometime in the future.
Always keep the trusts beneficiaries informed on the status of the trust. If everyone knows what is going on, you will have fewer problems with people being unhappy about how you are handling the responsibility.
If at anytime you feel overwhelmed, dont hesitate to retain the services of a financial advisor or an attorney.