Who can be an Executor or Administrator?
An Executor (who is appointed by the Will) will often be a friend or relation of the deceased, but can be anyone at all. Solicitors, banks or other professionals can also be appointed as Executors. This is often useful when the estate is large or complex or there are no suitable friends or relatives.
If there is no Will, or the Will does not appoint an Executor, there are statutory rules regarding who can be appointed an Administrator and it will depend on what surviving family the deceased had.
A Personal Representative must be aged 18 or over and must be capable of carrying out all the duties involved in the administration of the estate.