When naming an executor for your will, consider a relative who is reliable, cares about your beneficiaries, is fairly sophisticated about finances, lives in-state, and is willing to carry out the details involved in probating an estate.  This person often is the child who is the most trustworthy and reliable.  When the executor is also a beneficiary (such as a child would normally be), there is a stronger, more personal reason to complete duties quickly.  He or she is also likely to be more attuned to a beneficiary’s urgent need for early distribution.  It can also be a good idea to look beyond family members if you suspect there will be feuding among your heirs.  Sometimes this person is a sibling, your trusted accountant, attorney or good friend.  Normally an executor will use an attorney to represent the estate in court during the probate process.