An executor is nominated in a person’s Will to manage their affairs when they die. If a person dies without a Will or an executor cannot or does not want to act, the Court can appoint an administrator to take charge of the deceased estate.
The executor or administrator’s job is to manage the deceased estate, pay all debts and distribute the assets according to the Will (or, if there is no Will, according to the law). It is their duty to safeguard the assets and look after the interests of the people who will ultimately receive them (the beneficiaries). If more than one executor or administrator is appointed, they must work together.
Beneficiaries have certain rights about a deceased estate. Executors and administrators have many duties with which they must comply.