When a person dies someone will need to deal with their estate and affairs, this person is known as the Personal Representative and the process of dealing is known as Estate Administration. If a person died having made a valid Will then the Will provisions will determine how the Estate is to be divided and distributed. The Will should appoint persons to act in the Estate Administration and these people are known as the Executors.
When a person dies without having made a valid Will in life then he or she is said to have died intestate and the Intestacy Rules will therefore apply and determine how the Estate is divided and distributed. The persons responsible for the administration of the Deceased’s Estate are known as the Administrators.