Decedent is the term used for the person who died.
Beneficiaries are the people who are named in the will or in accounts to receive property and assets after the decedent dies.
Heirs are people that will inherit property when there is no will. Your heirs are relatives. Texas has a particular order for deciding who inherits property.
The personal representative is the person the court appoints to be in charge of the estate. This could be an executor (or executrix) or an administrator.
The executor (often called an executrix when female) is the person named in a will to be in charge of the estate after the decedent dies. To have official authority, the executor needs to be appointed by the court.
The administrator of an estate is the person appointed by the court to be in charge of the estate after the decedent dies. We use “administrator” when the decedent did not have a will.
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