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Dear Attorneys,

I have two children, and I would like to make them co-executors of my estate. However, I was advised that I should choose one or the other. Why shouldn’t I have two co-executors of my will? Isn’t all about my wishes?


Testatrix in Charge


Dear Testatrix,

While we completely understand why you would want both of your children to be co-executors of your estate, it may unnecessarily complicate things, and that would likely be why you were advised against it. The reason is that when you have co-executors, they are supposed to work jointly. Therefore, if your children disagreed, your estate could be held up, the probate court may need to intervene, etc.   In an instance where someone has more than one child, it is not unusual to make one the executor, and the second child your alternate executor. If you are drafting multiple estate planning documents (for example, a Last Will and Testament as well as a Living Will, or medical directive), you can put one child in charge of your estate, for example, and the other in charge of your medical decisions.

There are so many options when it comes to estate planning, and you should definitely consult with an experienced attorney. With over 20 years of combined experience, Attorneys Kristen Wolf & Shari-Lynn Cuomo Shore can help you with your estate planning needs. Their diligence, compassion, and understanding will help you feel secure in your estate plan choices.

Call us today, and let us make your matter easier, not harder. Ever argue with a woman? Let Wolf & Shore Law Group go to work for you. Call us at 203.745.3151 or email us at

Very Truly Yours,

Wolf & Shore Law Group

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