Some jurisdictions use the term executor or executrix to identify the person who is in charge of administering an estate. In South Carolina we use the term Personal Representative. For all intents and purposes, it is the same as executor or executrix. If you are someone’s attorney in fact under a power of attorney, you are not automatically the personal representative. This is a common misconception. It is common for an individual to name one person as the attorney in fact under a power of attorney to help handle their finances while they are alive, and to name a different person as Personal Representative to handle the estate. The decision of who does what is the client’s.