Does my Executor have to be a family member? February 17, 2022 John A. Cocklereece, Jr. Travis Woolen Estate Planning Blog No. Most people choose to name a family member as Executor, but this is not required. Some people choose to name professionals such as CPAs or attorneys. If you don’t have any family close-by or willing to serve, you could also select a close and trusted friend if he or she is willing to serve as Executor. If you would like to name a family member, keep in mind that the family member does not need to be a financial or legal expert to be a great Executor. Trustworthiness, organization, responsibility, and common sense will go a long way.