The term personal representative may not be familiar to you, or at least, not as familiar as the term executor. Many people know an executor is someone who manages the estate of a deceased person, while not as many have heard of a personal representative. Similarly, some people may have heard of the term estate administrator, but don’t really know how it relates to either an executor or personal representative, A personal representative, executor, and estate administrator are three names for the same position. An estate administrator is anyone who manages a deceased person’s estate. An executor is an administrator nominated through a decedent’s last will and testament, while a personal representative is a more modern term typically used in place of executor. Also, an estate administrator is usually appointed by a court, while an executor and personal representative is typically named by the decedent in the Last Will and Testament and must be approved by the court.
Topics covered in this report include:
- Personal Representative, Executor, or Estate Administrator
- Personal Representative Abilities and Requirements
- Making Your Choice, Ensuring Your Selection