Key West, FL asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Tennessee

Q: Tenn. Non-Resident Executor requirements?

I live in FL. My father is moving from FL to TN. I know upon his death I must file the form to name the Sec of State to receive legal notices. My question is about "CO-Executor".

1. Can I name this Co-Executor AFTER my father passes or is it required to be named in the will?

2. What if he does not name a CO-Executor in his will?

3. What if we do not know anyone to name as Co-Executor in TN?

4. Is the Co-Executor just someone that can be available locally to deal with any in person issues or are they required to sign off on EVERYTHING the Executor does?

5. Is there anyway to NOT have a Co-Executor? I have been handling my father's finances for some time now and everything is automated and handled electronically currently.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Crossville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: There is no requirement for a Co-Executor in Tennessee. A non-resident may serve solo as Executor as long as he or she, as you are already aware, designates the Secretary of State to receive legal notices.

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