Currently I am in a heated debate regarding Executors in a will. My spouse believes we dont need one, however I beg to differ. I know the roles of an Executor and that is why we require one but the better half says that she could do this herself. I believe she could but why add on to the strain of grief the duties of arranging the funeral, accrueing the estate and closing down accounts etc. I believe our joint account would be frozen upon my death and it will be the executor who could have this sorted faster than if one was not appointed. The bank may not react fast enough to someone who has not been duly appointed regardless of relation to the deceased. Also grief does strange things to people so relatives may act out of person and any property that would require selling and sharing could get real sticky (ie they are not prepared to see it sold, or decide to move in etc) An executor would carry out the wishes regardless of any family bickering or acts out of character. The main concern with executors in my eyes is using a professional such as a solicitor who will recover his fees from the estate, im not really sure on what the "going rate" is and wheter they use fixed fees etc. Also knowing a solid friend (or proffesional) is my executor gives me peace of mind that the job will get done. Do you believe it is important to have an executor of your will and what are your reasons either way. Im interested to find out!