Who Can Serve as My Agent If My Children and Family are Estranged?
Who can I name to take care of my estate if my children and family are estranged from me and I don’t have any friends I would trust to handle things? What are my options here?
Your best bet probably is an estate planning attorney. We regularly serve as personal representatives or executors of estates and as trustee of trusts. Attorneys may be more reluctant to serve as agents under durable powers of attorney, but many will do so for long-time clients. Finding someone to serve as an agent under a health care proxy or power of attorney often proves more difficult. Most lawyers feel uncomfortable taking on such a personal and often time-consuming role. If you are a member of a church or other religious organization, it may have volunteers who serve in this role.