When an individual passes away, his/her will or trust identifies a representative to administer his/her estate. This representative is referred to as the executor (male) or executrix (female) and is generally approved or assigned by the local circuit court. The Internal Revenue Service tasks this representative to file a final personal return and information returns until the estate is completely transferred to the heirs.
The executrix is a legal term referring to the female individual responsible for the financial affairs of the deceased. A male trustee for an estate is known as the executor.