Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
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
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:19 pm