Administrator (of a deceased's estate)

The name given to a personal representative ( www.practicallaw.com/1-382-6088) of a deceased person where the deceased did not leave a will ( www.practicallaw.com/4-382-6317) , the will did not appoint an executor ( www.practicallaw.com/1-382-5625) or the executor is unable or unwilling to act.

In these circumstances the Administration of Estates Act 1925 sets out who can apply to administer the estate (usually a close relative of the deceased). In order to administer the estate, the administrator takes out a grant of representation ( www.practicallaw.com/7-382-5632) from the court known as letters of administration ( www.practicallaw.com/9-382-5711) or (if there is a will but no executor able or willing to act) letters of administration with will annexed ( www.practicallaw.com/7-382-5712) .

For more information, see Practice notes, Personal representatives: who is entitled to a grant when there is no will? ( www.practicallaw.com/0-383-6790) and Personal representatives: who may apply for a grant where there is a will but no executor? ( www.practicallaw.com/8-383-6791) .

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