letters testamentary
letters testamentary see letter 2

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

letters testamentary
The document a probate court issues to an executor (personal representative) of a deceased person's estate, authorizing the executor to settle the estate according to the terms of the person's will. Banks, brokerages, and government agencies often require a certified copy of the letters before accepting the executor's authority to collect the deceased person's assets. (See also: letters of administration)
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Estates, Executors & Probate Court

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


letters testamentary
n. A document issued by a probate court approving the executor of a will.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


letters testamentary
The formal instrument of authority and appointment granted by the proper court to an executor (one designated in a will to manage the estate of the deceased) empowering that person to execute the functions of the office.

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


letters testamentary
I
The formal instrument of authority and appointment granted by the proper court to an executor (one designated in a will to manage the estate of the deceased) empowering that person to execute the functions of the office.
II Legal document issued by a court that shows an executor's legal right to take control of assets in the deceased person's name.

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

letters testamentary
n.
   a document issued by the court clerk which states the authority of the executor of an estate of a person who has died. It is issued during probate of the estate as soon as the court approves the appointment of the executor named in the will and the executor files a security bond if one is necessary (most well-drafted wills waive the need for a bond). 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 executor of the estate.
   See also: administrator, probate

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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