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Infographic: Make the best choice when naming your executor

Think quickly: If you had to pick an executor for your will right now, who would you choose? You may have immediately thought of your spouse or a child—but are they the best choices?

An executor will help settle your estate, transfer inheritances to your heirs and handle any taxes or debts related to your estate. While you may consider it an honor to bestow the title on one of the people you love the most, that person carries a lot of responsibility.

Naming an executor is an important decision, and not one to take lightly. Thankfully, if you plan ahead, you don’t have to think quickly and can make sure you’re making a smart choice. Here are five key traits you’ll want to look for.