Selecting your spouse as executor of your estate often makes sense, for several reasons. First, you should always choose someone you can trust to carry out your wishes – for many people, a spouse fits the bill. Additionally, your passing may financially affect your spouse more than anyone else, so he or she has the greatest stake in managing your assets prudently.
If you do not choose your spouse or another executor, the court will name someone for you, which might not be an ideal option. We advise discussing your estate planning with your spouse and your attorney to identify the best possible executor. If you end up choosing your spouse, have a backup executor in line in case he or she is too upset or overwhelmed after your passing to take on the task of handling your estate.