Because an executor has a very important task – carrying out your wishes after you have passed – it is important to pick someone that is responsible enough to carry out the duties. So, pick someone you trust, someone good at organizing, and someone with much attention to detail. It’s even a good idea to choose someone who is inheriting much of your property, since it would be in his or her best interest to carry out your wishes. You cannot choose a minor, a felon, or someone that is not a U.S. citizen, however. Unless it is a relative, you should probably not name the executor as someone who lives out of your state.
Your executor, however, doesn’t have to be a lawyer or an accountant. It doesn’t take specialized skills to carry out a will; if lawyers or accountants are necessary, the executor can always hire them his or herself.
Moreover, state law requires that the executor be paid – though, the amount varies depending upon the state. Also, the executor does not have to serve, and can resign at any time. The court can then appoint someone else as executor unless you name an alternative to fill that position.