Administrator (of a deceased's estate)

The name given to a personal representative ( of a deceased person where the deceased did not leave a will ( , the will did not appoint an executor ( 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 ( from the court known as letters of administration ( or (if there is a will but no executor able or willing to act) letters of administration with will annexed ( .

For more information, see Practice notes, Personal representatives: who is entitled to a grant when there is no will? ( and Personal representatives: who may apply for a grant where there is a will but no executor? ( .

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