Following a death, an executor is the personal representative of a deceased's estate. The executor is in charge of taking control of the person's assets, paying off any debts, and distributing assets to beneficiaries in accordance with the terms and conditions of a will.

You can choose anyone to be the executor of your will, but that person should be both competent and trustworthy. The person you choose to be executor should be outlined in your will. It is advisable to retain the services of a lawyer for drafting a will. Because a person appointed to be executor of a will has the right to refuse the appointment, you should have an alternate person in place just in case.