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pendente lite


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Until trial. When a will or the right to administer an estate is being disputed in a probate action, the High Court may if necessary appoint an administrator pendente lite to deal with the estate until the proceedings have been resolved. Once the proceedings have been resolved, the grant pendente lite is terminated and the person entitled as a result of the probate action may take out a grant of representation. An administrator pendente lite cannot distribute any of the estate without leave of the Court (Supreme Court Act 1981 s 117).

Subjects: Law.


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