What are Letters Testamentary or Letters of Administration?

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What are Letters Testamentary or Letters of Administration?

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Both Letters Testamentary and Letters of Administration name the person/entity who has been appointed as the legal representative of the decedent’s estate. Letters Testamentary generally are issued by a court of proper jurisdiction during the probate process, and name the person/entity who has been appointed under the Will as Executor/Executrix. If there is no Will admitted for probate, then the court will generally appoint an Administrator and issue Letters of Administration naming the appointed person/entity. There are varying names of this document, depending on the state.

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