Attorney Paquette is correct. A Personal Representative (or "Executor" in some states) is designated in a will to manage assets. If a trust agreement is created to hold assets, a Trustee is named.
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I agree with my colleagues. A Personal Representative is named in a Will.
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Actually the term "personal representative" is a blanket term used to refer to the person nominated in Will as well as the person appointed by the Court in estates where one died without a Will. Prior to 1978 Michigan used the term "executor" to refer to the person nominated in the Will, and the term "administrator" to refer to the person appointed by the Court in estates where one died without a Will. The Revised Probate Code came to the realization that the function of both the executor and the administrator was the same, and substituted the term "personal representative" to refer to both.