When dealing with the distribution of an estate after a person dies, you will likely either hear the term executor's deed and administrator's dee d. Both are documents designed to officially distribute property and transfer it to the decedents, but an executor's deed is used when the deceased left a will behind. An administrator's deed is the document of someone who died without official notification of how he or she wanted their property distributed.
Both executors and administrators must prepare official deeds to transfer property titles into the names of those receiving them. The deeds generally must be officially worded and state the process by which the decision to transfer the property was made, whether it is in accordance with a will or by the judgment of the court-appointed administrator. The deed must be witnessed and notarized, and then becomes a legal and binding document.
In any case, after a death, you should strongly consider speaking with a lawyer to handle the distribution of assets and other legal complexities that arise.