When working on your estate plan, one of the hardest things that you may have to do is choose the person that will be your will's executor. Many people tend to, by default, choose the closest person to them, often a relative. However, this is not always the wisest decision. The executor has important responsibilities upon your incapacitation, so it is important that you make an informed decision. To do this, you need to understand what the executor's duties will be and what personal characteristics you should be looking for in an executor.