What is an Executor of an Estate?

If you are participating in a probate, you may have heard the term “executor of the estate”. This term is used when a decedent left behind a will and the will named a particular person to carry out the decedent's final wishes. That person, who is usually the person in charge of the estate after death, is the executor of the estate.

If there is not a will, the probate court appoints an administrator of the estate to distribute the decedent’s property under California probate law. An executor or administrator may also be identified under the generic term "personal representative." No matter which term is used, the duties are essentially the same. The personal representative must collect, protect and distribute the decedent’s property under the supervision of a probate court.

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