personal representative n: one recognized as the representative of another party or his or her interests
: an executor or administrator who may bring or be subject to an action or proceeding for or against a deceased person and his or her estate [when a person who has brought an action for personal injury dies pending the action, such action may be revived in the name of his personal representative "Code of Virginia "]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.