Order of priority
(i) the executor;
(ii) any residuary legatee or devisee holding in trust for any other person;
(iii) any residuary legatee or devisee for life;
(iv) the ultimate residuary legatee or devisee
where the residue is not wholly disposed of by the will, any person entitled to share in the residue
(v) any specific legatee or devisee
where the estate is not wholly disposed of by the will, any person who does not have an immediate beneficial interest in the estate, but may have a beneficial interest in the event of an accretion of the estate;(vi) any legatee or devisee, whether residuary or specific, entitled on the happening of any contingency,
any person having no interest under the will of the deceased but who would have been entitled to a grant if the deceased had died wholly intestate.
A person will not be appointed as an executor if he:
- is under 21 years old;
- suffers from mental/ severe physical disability to the extent that renders him incapable of managing his own affairs (see r. 33 of Non-Contentious Probate Rules (Cap. 10A)); or
- in prison.
The Court generally views that an insolvent person is unsuitable to be appointed an executor.