When a person dies, all of the deceased's possessions become a part of his or her estate, which must then be administered according to the will of the deceased person. The person who handles the administration of the estate is the "executor." Just as a quick summary, estate administration refers to the process of collecting the estate, paying any debts or taxes owed by the estate, and distributing the remaining property of the estate to the beneficiaries. FindLaw's section on Executors provides information on the role and duties of an executor. There is also a frequently asked questions section to help guide you in picking an executor for your estate.

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