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A person is not required to serve as executor of an estate
is they do not wish to do so. To renounce an appointment as executor/personal representative the appointed person must file the appropriate forms with the probate
court at the time the estate is submitted to probate. The forms is available through the courts: www.mass.gov/courts/courtsandjudges/courts/probateandfamilycourt/upc/mpc941-instructions-for-assent-waiver.pdf and www.mass.gov/courts/courtsandjudges/courts/probateandfamilycourt/upc/mpc455-assent-waiver-renunciation-print.pdf
While a signed and witnessed letter stating you do not wish to be the executor does not terminate the appointment while the testator is alive, it could be used to support the renouncement with the probate court. Typically is the testator is aware that someone is unwilling to serve as executor they will revised their last will
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