letters of administration
letters of administration see letter 2

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

letters of administration
a grant that is issued in the case where a person dies intestate or where no executor is appointed or is willing to act, permitting an estate to be dealt with (See intestacy). If the deceased died wholly intestate, the grant will be issued to the person entitled to take out the grant (i.e. the same person or persons who would be entitled to the intestate's estate); such a grant is often referred to as a grant of simple administration. If the deceased left a will but failed to make an effective appointment of an executor, or where the appointed executor refused to act and renounced probate, a grant of letters of administration with will annexed may be taken out, usually by the person with the greatest interest under the will.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


letters of administration
The document a probate court issues to the person appointed as administrator (personal representative) of the estate of someone who died without a will. The letters authorize the administrator to settle the deceased person's estate according to the state's intestate succession laws. Banks, brokerages, and government agencies often require a certified copy of the letters before accepting the administrator's authority to collect the deceased person's assets. (See also: letters testamentary)
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Estates, Executors & Probate Court

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

letters of administration
England, Wales
The grant of representation obtained by the personal representative of a deceased person's estate, where the deceased did not leave a (valid) will.

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.


letters of administration
n. A document issued by a probate court appointing an administrator for an estate.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


letters of administration
A formal document issued by a court of probate appointing a manager of the assets and liabilities of the estate of the deceased in certain situations.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


letters of administration
I
A formal document issued by a court of probate appointing a manager of the assets and liabilities of the estate of the deceased in certain situations.
II Legal document issued by a court that shows an administrator's legal right to take control of assets in the deceased person's name.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

letters of administration
n.
   a document issued by the court clerk which states the authority of the administrator of an estate of a person who has died, when there is no will or no available executor named by a will and an administrator has been appointed by the court. It is issued during probate of the estate as soon as the court approves the appointment of the administrator, who files a security bond if one is required. Certified copies of the letters are often required by banks and other financial institutions, the federal government, stock transfer agents or other courts before transfer of money or assets to the administrator of the estate.
   See also: executor, probate

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • letters of administration — n. Law a document issued by the probate court or some officer who has authority, directing a person to administer the goods or property of a dead person …   English World dictionary

  • Letters of administration — Letter Let ter, n. [OE. lettre, F. lettre, OF. letre, fr. L. littera, litera, a letter; pl., an epistle, a writing, literature, fr. linere, litum, to besmear, to spread or rub over; because one of the earliest modes of writing was by graving the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • letters of administration — The official exemplification of the record of the appointment of an administrator of a decedent s estate by the court. 31 Am J Ex & Ad § 89. Letters granted to a person by a probate court evidencing such person s authority to act as administrator …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • letters of administration — let′ters of administra′tion n. pl. law an instrument issued by a court or public official authorizing an administrator to take control of and dispose of the estate of a deceased person • Etymology: 1490–1500 …   From formal English to slang

  • letters of administration — Law. an instrument issued by a court or public official authorizing an administrator to take control of and dispose of the estate of a deceased person. [1490 1500] * * * …   Universalium

  • letters of administration — plural noun an instrument issued by a court or public official authorising an administrator to take control of and dispose of the estate of the deceased, where the deceased died intestate …   Australian English dictionary

  • letters of administration — Date: 15th century a letter evidencing the right of an administrator to administer the goods or estate of a deceased person …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • letters of administration — An order authorizing the person named (the administrator) to distribute the property of a deceased person, who has not appointed anyone else to do so. The distribution must be in accordance with the deceased s will, or the rules of intestacy if… …   Big dictionary of business and management

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