Personal representative

A person who administers a deceased person's estate (www.practicallaw.com/2-382-5620).

If there is a will (www.practicallaw.com/resource.do?item=:42379240) that names the personal representative, they are known as the executor (www.practicallaw.com/1-382-5625) (sometimes called an executrix (www.practicallaw.com/9-382-5626), if a woman).

If there is no will (or if there is no executor named in the will, or if the executor is unable or unwilling to act) the Administration of Estates Act 1925 sets out who can apply to the court be the personal representative (usually a close relative of the deceased). The personal representative is known as the administrator (www.practicallaw.com/1-382-5550).

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