Yes, they can be. Often they are the same person, because for both roles you should choose someone responsible who you can trust.  However, they can also be different people. Depending on your assets, the role of the executor can involve complicated tax and court filings and asset transfers, but ends sooner than the job of a trustee. Once the executor disperses assets, handles debts, files tax returns and concludes probate, the job is done. In many cases, the trustee's role goes on longer after someone passes, as it deals with overseeing and dispersing finances over time.

To learn more about the responsibility of each role, take a look at our blog articles on what it means to be an executor and trustee. 

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