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    What Is The Difference Between An Executor, Administrator, And Personal Representative

    What is the difference between an executor, an administrator, and a personal representative?

    Probate law has many uncommon terms that are unique to this area of law.

    In this article, we’re going to review three of the most common of these terms, define what they mean, and identify when you should use each one.

    My name is Erik Broel & I am the founder & CEO of Georgia Probate Law Group.

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    At our firm we help families who have lost a loved one navigate the complex and confusing legal process so they can make sure the estate is handled properly and their loved one’s memory is honored.

    Three common titles for the person managing the estate are executor, administrator, and personal representative.

    Each of these titles has a unique meaning, and we will go over each one.


    The term Executor is used as the title for the person managing the estate when the deceased left a valid last will and testament.

    The Executor is identified in the Will and confirmed by the Probate Court when the Will is admitted for Probate. We can contrast the position of Executor with that of Administrator.


    An Administrator is the person who has been appointed by the court to manage the estate when the deceased did not leave a Last Will and Testament.

    Since there is no Will to identify who should manage the estate, the Administrator is nominated by the heirs and confirmed by the Probate Court.

    Personal Representative

    The term Personal Representative encompasses both Executors and Administrators, and can used to properly refer to someone who is either an Executor or Administrator.

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    As a result, it is becoming more and more common to refer to the person who is responsible for settling the estate as the Personal Representative of the estate.

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    Everything discussed in this article is for general information and is not legal advice.

    If you are in a situation where you are attempting to settle an estate in Georgia, I recommend you reach out to our office at (770) 920-6030 to set up a consultation.

    If you’re not quite ready for a consultation, be sure to download our Georgia Probate Handbook so you know how the estate is supposed to be handled.

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    Disclaimer: The information above is provided for general information only and should not be considered legal advice. Our probate attorneys provide legal advice to our clients after talking about the specific circumstances of the client’s situation. Our law firm cannot give you legal advice unless we understand your situation by talking with you. Please contact our law office to receive specific information about your situation.

    About the author

    Erik J. Broel
    Founder & ceo

    Erik founded the firm in 2009. He sees it as his personal mission to demystify the process of handling an estate or trust, and to help people by making the complex estate process simple and accessible. He believes there is always a better way to do things, and loves finding new and innovative ways to deliver better, more effective service that solves the client’s key problem or issue, and improves the client’s life.

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