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How does an executor of a will differ from an administrator?

An executor of a will is the person named in the will to administer the estate. An administrator serves the same function but is appointed by a court (probate) when there is no will, or there is no executor named or qualified to serve.

In either case, he or she is charged with wrapping up the affairs of the decedent, including:
  • providing legal notices to the proper parties
  • collecting and accounting for all the decedent's property
  • receiving, evaluating and paying proper claims against the estate
  • distributing the estate property according to the will or state law

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