Before the probate procedure can get underway, the court must appoint an executor to manage the process. When there is a will, that document will generally identify who the executor should be. If that is not the case, then the court will be required to appoint someone to serve in that role. The executor is expected to be impartial in representing of all parties who have an interest in the estate . The executor is required to take possession of the estate property and distribute it property accordingly, once debts and taxes have been paid. Learn more about duties of an executor in this presentation.