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Once a person dies, his property will be looked after by his personal representative before it is distributed to his heirs.  This representative is known as an executor if the person died with a will and the representative is named in such a will.  If the person died without a will, or the person named in the will did not accept the appointment, or was disqualified, the court shall appoint such representative known as the administrator.

The executor or administrator has the responsibility to administer the estate with reasonable care and diligence; to settle its liabilities and taxes which, with authority from the court, may sometimes involve selling or disposing some pieces of property; to represent the estate in court actions for claims against it, or in protecting its interests against debtors; and, to distribute the remainder of the estate to the heirs in accordance with the provisions of the will, or the rules of intestacy.

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