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How do you change the executors of a will?

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The executor of a will is changed through a codicil, which is an amendment to a will, according to A.L. Kennedy for LegalZoom. The codicil is written on a separate sheet of paper with the exact wording used in the original will to name the executor, except it has the new executor's name.

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The codicil should be signed in the presence of two witnesses and a notary, advises Kennedy. The codicil needs to be signed by the same rules governing the signing of the original will. The witnesses who observe the signing of the codicil do not have to be the same witnesses who observed the signing of the original will. The codicil is stored with the original will. Kennedy recommends telling the new executor where the will is stored.

Kennedy recommends anyone wishing to change executors to discuss the matter with the potential new executor before drafting the codicil, although this is not legally required. They should also inform the previous executor of the change. In most states, an executor must be at least 18 years of age and of sound mind. Kennedy also recommends appointing a backup executor in case the executor is unable or unwilling to perform the duties of executor when the owner of the will dies.

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