The real and personal assets of a person at the date of death. The distribution of the assets to the heirs depends on the provision of the will. If no will exists, the distribution is based on a court order for liquidation. The executor of a will is the person chosen by the decedent during his or her lifetime to satisfy the terms of the will. Some duties of the executor are to manage property, pay creditors, and collect estate assets. The cost to operate, maintain, are manage income-producing property are immediately expensed in the income statement.