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Types of Administrators

2/3/18 Types of Administrators


In our previous e-Legal Lesson, we analyzed the meaning of “administrator” in legal English, more specifically in the context of probate law or law of succession.
Today, we’ll include some other related definitions of “administrator”.

  • Administrator Pendente Lite

Latin for “administrator pending litigation.” The person appointed by a court to begin probate proceedings during a lawsuit that challenges the will. The administrator pendente lite takes an inventory of the deceased person’s property and handles the business affairs of the estate until the dispute is settled. Also called a special administrator.

  • Special Administrator

1) A person appointed by acourt to take charge of only a designated portion of an estate during probate. For example, a special administrator with particular expertise on art might be appointed to oversee the probate of a wealthy person’s art collection, but not the entire estate. 2) A person appointed to be responsible for a deceased person’s property for a limited time or during an emergency, such as a challenge to the will or to the qualifications of the named executor. In such cases, the special administrator’s duty is to maintain and preserve the estate, not necessarily to take control of the probate process.

  • Administrator De Bonis Non

Latin for “administrator of goods not administered.” The person appointed by a probate court to finish probate proceedings when the executor or previous administrator can’t finish the job.
Administrator De Bonis Non Cum Testamento Annexo
An administrator appointed by a probate court to take over probate proceedings when the named executor dies, leaving the job unfinished.

  • Administrator With Will Annexed

An administrator who takes the place of an executor under a will. The administrator steps in either when a will fails to nominate an executor or the named executor is unable to serve. Also called administrator cum testamento annexo or CTA.


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