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Generally, when there is no will for a person who leaves no spouse, one of the heirs who is closest in degree in kinship to the decedent will be appointed "administrator" of the estate. This is distinguished from "executor" when there is a will. The administrator will execute an Administrator's Deed to you in order to place your ownership of the property on record. Technically, you own the property as of the date of death subject to administration of the estate. The Administrator's Deed is actually a formality. Many states do not even require one, but it is good practice to have one done. Such a deed makes clear that the property is no longer subject to the administration of the estate.