When a family member, friend, or colleague names you as the executor of his or her estate, he or she is tasking you with an enormous responsibility. What if you fear, however, that you may not be able to adequately fulfill the role? Properly seeing an estate pass through its administration and/or the probate process may require a significant amount of time and energy on your part. If you fill that you simply aren’t capable of handling such duties at the moment, you do have a way to decline the responsibility.
The preferred method of turning down the request to be an executor may be to do it before your official court appointment. You simply need to notify the heirs and beneficiaries of the estate to allow them adequate time to find a replacement. You then file a renunciation form with the probate court in the county the decedent lived in prior to death.