If grandparents decide to make a joint will leaving their estate to the grandchildren and not their adult children, after they both die, who will be responsible for obtaining probate and distributing the estate, if the grandchildren are still minors, at the relevant time, in order to prevent the likely, but undesirable situation, whereby their parents (the grandparents’ children) will try to control the estate?


It is possible to appoint an executor to manage the estate, in the will itself, in order to neutralize this risk. It is possible to appoint a particular lawyer or trusted individual to act as executor, or alternatively, request, within the will, that the court appoint one an executor to manage the estate.