Who administers an estate?

A personal representative is the individual charged with administration of an estate. If an individual has executed a will during his or her lifetime, the will should designate the personal representative, who is called an Executor. If the deceased person did not have a Will, an Administrator will be appointed to handle the estate. Law establishes the individuals entitled to administer an estate.

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1. What is estate administration?
2. Who administers an estate?
3. What does a personal representative do?
4. What is done during administration?
5. What should be done first?