Personal Representative Law and Legal Definition

A personal representative is a person who manages the legal affairs of another because of incapacity or death. A personal representative can be selected, either through a will or by the court, to manage the assets of an estate and dispense with them according to the will or to the rules of intestate succession. Technically, executor is a personal representative named in a will, and an administrator is a personal representative not named in a will. The personal representative is, by law, entitled to receive compensation for their services to the estate, and this is paid directly from estate assets. A personal representative is also called a legal representative.