No. You can appoint anyone that you choose as executor of your estate. Your executor must be of the age of majority, ideally someone younger than you (or otherwise likely to survive you), and be an individual that you trust to manage your affairs when you are gone. Many people who make a will appoint a member of their family to act as their executor, but many others do not. You may choose to seek out other trusted friends who are prepared to act as executor. Alternately, you may appoint one of our lawyers to carry out this responsibility. There are advantages to appointing someone who is neutral and who has expertise in acting as an executor. The job of an executor is an important one – it is worth taking the time to pick your executor carefully.