The person in charge of your estate after you pass away is the Executor. Instead of thinking about whether the person they are choosing is the right person, many people just pick their oldest child or a close relative. However, this can be a very big mistake if the person is not organized or not financially knowledgeable, according to Forbes in "Choosing an Executor for Your Estate."
The Executor of your estate will have a lot of work to do during your estate administration, and there are often important tax decisions that need to be made quickly. Among other things, your Executor needs to determine what assets you have at the time you pass away and collect them all for distribution.
But first the Executor needs to go to probate court and be officially appointed to administer the estate. They will then need to determine if you had any debts when you passed away, and that debt needs to be paid out of your assets before any property can be distributed to your beneficiaries.
Your Executor needs to be someone who not only has the time to serve in the capacity, but also can handle administrative and financial tasks well. You should put some thought into this important decision and visit with an experienced estate planning attorney to advise you on creating an estate plan that fits your unique circumstances.
Reference: Forbes (May 16, 2018) "Choosing an Executor for Your Estate."