Picking a Pennsylvania resident to be the executor of your estate involves important qualities in your candidate, such as trustworthiness and competence, but it is also crucial to evaluate the health of your executor. You might be tempted to overlook health concerns if your executor candidate fulfills all of your wishes, but if you do not take health into consideration, you might end up outliving your own executor.

According to AARP, while evaluating an executor candidate, health and age are crucial to help assure you that your executor will not pass away before you do. A sibling who suffers from diabetes or heart disease, for instance, may not be a strong bet to survive you, particularly if you are in good health for your age. This is why many people decide on a child or someone of their child’s age to be an executor.

Still, this might not be an option for everyone, such as childless couples, people who have no children from any relationship, or individuals with no nieces and nephews. Sometimes it is unavoidable to pick a sibling or a relative about your age. You might also just feel more comfortable about leaving your estate in the hands of a close relative even if he or she is not young.

For people who are intent on naming a peer as an executor, it is possible to prevent the problem of being left without an executor by naming successor executors. You can ask your current executor to come up with successors, or you can name the successors yourself. It is a wise move to do this even if you name a younger executor, since executors of any age can become unavailable due to sudden death, disability, or by moving away.

This article is only written to give information about estate administration and probate topics. It is not a substitute for the advice given by a professional attorney.