What are Letters of Administration?
Understanding Letters of Administration & When You Need Them
If a person dies with a will, the person who administers the estate is the Executor. However, when someone dies intestate – without a will – a family member or creditor can apply to the Supreme Court to be appointed an ‘Administrator’ to undertake the role. As there is no will to confer the authority, Letters of Administration gives the Administrator the right to deal with the intestate’s assets and to distribute them to any beneficiaries in accordance with the Succession Act.
There is a second type of Letters of Administration: where there is a will but the executor named has already died or declines to take up the role and another person is granted authority by the court to act in their place.
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