If your loved one dies without naming an executor of the will, you and your family may feel lost for what to do next. Do you allow the court to appoint someone to control the will? Do you step into the role of executor? Many family members decide to take on the role of executor for their loved one in Michigan. If you decide to take this route, you will need to make a formal request. It is possible to become the executor of a will.

In general, according to Smart Asset, courts choose someone close to the person based on a priority list. For instance, surviving spouses and adult children are often on the list. In some cases, you may want to push back against the priority list. For instance, say that your older sibling cannot handle the stress of probate; you may want to cover for him or her.

To become the executor, you have to obtain the petition and then file it. In order to file the petition, you need to have information about the estate. You will need documentation and values of the estate’s worth. Additionally, you may need documentation that supports your request. For instance, you may need the following documents:

  • Death certificate
  • Asset estimations
  • Living relative addresses

You will also need to prove that you have a connection with the deceased to petition the court. If have a satisfactory petition, then you will find yourself appointed as the administrator of a will.

The above article includes educational information about administering a will. It is not legal advice.