Must a will have an executor?

1 answer | Last updated: Jun 30, 2010
Chick asked...

Is there such a thing as a will without an executor, only beneficiaries? That's what my husband is telling me he has, but I have never seen it. His lawyer has it, and nobody else.

Expert Answers

Steve Weisman hosts the nationally syndicated radio show A Touch of Grey, heard on more than 50 stations, including WABC in New York City and KRLA in Los Angeles. He is a practicing lawyer specializing in estate planning and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. He's a public speaker and commentator who has appeared on many radio and television shows throughout the country, and he's the legal editor of Talkers magazine, the preeminent trade publication of talk radio. His latest book is The Truth About Avoiding Scams.

A basic element of a Will is the naming of an Executor, the person in charge of managing the settlement of the estate. No Will would ever be written by a competent lawyer without naming an Executor. It would appear that your husband does not understand his Will or does not want to tell you who he has named as Executor.