People who have lost a close friend or loved one may feel overcome with emotion. In addition to dealing with the loss, there is the task of organizing the estate left behind by the deceased. This can be a daunting process, and it is usually led by estate administrator or executor of the estate. In some cases, the deceased will name someone they wish to act as an estate executor in his or her will. However, if an executor is not named, the court may appoint someone to carry out the tasks delegated to that position. What exactly does an estate executor do?