My ex-husband died in a car accident and I'm trying to file a lawsuit for wrongful death on behalf of our 3 daughters. Can I have executor over their settlement or will his mother have to have executor? I want my children to be able to benefit from the settlement right away. I don't want to have to put it in a trust snd wait until they are 18 and up for them to start benefitting from it. They are ages 9, 8, and 5. If I have to put it in a trust for them then that's what I will do but I definitely do not want his mother to have power over their money.