Your estate legal documents may be in effect for decades. Since you may outlive people you designate as executor, trustee, guardian, or agent to handle matters for you or your estate, it is wise to name a backup or alternate. The reason to do so is just in case the person you name first passes away, becomes incapacitated, is no longer close to you, or chooses not to serve in the position they were appointed.
You also can select a group of people to work together, which can continue to be effective even if one or more can’t or won’t serve in the role they were assigned. You can easily update your selections anytime by updating your plan at MyAdvocate.