Choosing an executor is a crucial part of making sure that things will be taken care of when that time comes.
An executor is someone that has full legal authority to make decisions on your behalf at the time of your passing.
When choosing an executor you should keep this in mind; does this person have the same values as you? Does this person know your funeral wishes? Does your family get along with this person? Is this person reliable? Will this person be helpful with paperwork?
Some families choose a third party establishment like a law firm or a bank, as their executor. Keep in mind that their availability to make arrangements on your behalf can be limited depending on their office hours and their appointment schedule.