What is the difference between a co-administrator and a co-executor?

UPDATED: Aug 30, 2011

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What is the difference between a co-administrator and a co-executor?

One of the heirs of an estat, that is in probate, wants to be named one or other of these. It already has an executor.

Asked on August 30, 2011 Tennessee


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

In the probating of a person's estate there will be a petition filed by an interested person where there is no trust. If the probate has a will that designates how the decedent's assets are to be distributed and a named person to handle the estate, that person is the executor (if a male) and executrix (if a female). If there are more than two executors or executrixes named for handling the estate, they would be the co-executors or co-executrixes.

If there is not will or trust of the decedent and a petition is filed with the superior court of a given county in a certain state, the person handling the estate if a male is the administrator and if a female is the administratrix. If there is more than one person handling the administration of an estate without a will, then there will be "co-administrators" or co-administratrixes".

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