When someone does not want to be an executor of a will can they appoint someone else in their place

When someone does not want to be an executor of a will can they appoint someone else in their place

ANSWER BY MARGARET CROSS-BELIVEAU:

If you don’t want to serve as executor, you can decline to sign.  The will should have an alternate Person Representative listed.  If there is no alternate, the state has a statute which spells out who in the family has priority to serve as PR.

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