Persons chosen as executors should be trustworthy and capable and you should have confidence in their ability to carry out your wishes as expressed in your Will. They should also have a thorough knowledge of your affairs. A person will often make a close family member an executor since they are likely to have a very detailed and intimate knowledge of the deceased’s affairs.
A beneficiary should never be a witness to a Will since being a witness can invalidate the gift. Where a Will gives a gift to a person under the age of 18 years then trustees should be appointed to hold the gift for the person in question until he/she attains full age or such age as is designated in the Will.
Many people also appoint their solicitor as a second executor since the solicitor will be able to offer good advice to the other executor and assist in the processing of the Grant of Probate. A beneficiary can be and often is appointed as an executor.
When dealing with persons under the age of 18 years one must also consider the question of testamentary guardians. Executors and trustees can also be testamentary guardians.