The person who represents the probate estate is called the estate representative (executor or administrator). If there is a will which names an executor, that person is usually the estate representative. On the other hand, if there is no will (the decedent died intestate), the heirs can select amongst themselves who they want to represent the estate. In this manner, the personal representative, once approved, is called an “administrator.” Sometimes there is a Will, but no executor is named or the person named is not able to serve. In this case, the personal representative is called an “administrator with will annexed.” The term “personal representative” is often used interchangeably for executor or administrator.