What Is the Difference Between an Executor and a Personal Representative in Indiana?

“Executor” is the term that is often specified in a person’s will whereby the decedent names a person to administer their estate. Upon the person’s death, if they have a will, the person listed in the will as the “Executor” will usually become the personal representative for the estate through a process in probate court. If no one has been named as an executor in a will, or if such person is unable (or chooses not) to serve in this capacity, or if no will exists, then normally another family member will go through the court process to be named as the personal representative for a loved one’s estate.

As noted below, in general practice the duties of Executor and Personal Representative are much the same.