Your executor will be in charge of probating your estate, if applicable, paying your debts, distributing your assets, and winding up your affairs. He or she will need to be trustworthy, as well as capable of dealing with the courts, winding up your finances, and interacting with your beneficiaries. The process will likely require a significant amount of your executor’s time, and there is a lot of responsibility involved. Choose someone you trust, and someone that you know can handle the role.
You can choose one or more alternates, in case the person you nominate first is unable or unwilling to perform the duties of an executor. You can also amend your choice anytime, so long as you retain the legal capacity, if your current nominee is no longer an appropriate choice in the future.