What is the difference between an executor and an executrix?

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Asked on January 21, 2018 under Estate Planning, New York

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M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

First of all, an executor is the person who is appointed under a Will to adminster the affairs of an estate. They pay off creditors of the deceased, inventory the properties and other assets of the estate, provide an accounting to the court and distribute the assets to the named benefciaries, etc. If the person appointed is a man, they are called the "executor"; if the person is a woman they are the "executrix". That having been said, most jurisdictions have dropped the distinction and both male and females are known as the "executor".


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