Who Can Serve as an Executor or Administrator of an Estate?
An executor or administrator can be anyone: a member of the decedent’s family, an attorney, a bank, or a beneficiary of a will. An executor is named in the will and chosen by the person making the will. If that person is capable, the Court must appoint that individual as executor. If there is no will, the selection of an administrator is made by the Court. The law requires that a family member or designee of the family member be chosen, unless it appears to the Court that it would not be in the best interests of the parties concerned, in which case the Court will usually appoint an impartial person or a bank.