administratorIf a person dies without a Will (also called intestate), then the law states that an administrator will be appointed to settle the affairs of the deceased and to distribute their estate to their heirs. Administrators can only exercise their role in accordance to common trust rules and statue laws.

An administrator can also be appointed even when the deceased has a Will if there are assets that the Will fails to dispose of.

The term administrator does not apply to the person appointed when a Will is in place – they are instead known as the executor.