A person entrusted with the responsibility of ensuring that the wishes of the Willmaker as contained in the Will are carried out. It is an important role and care needs to be exercised when selecting an executor. The executor chosen should be competent, trustworthy and prepared to accept the task. The role is onerous and the executor may need to seek legal assistance (costs are met by the estate). More than one executor may be appointed and provision for a substitute executor should be made. Executors may be independent and/or an interested party. Your executor and at least one beneficiary should know where your original Will is stored.