De Bonis Non Administrates Law and Legal Definition

De bonis non administrates is a Latin term which means “of the goods not administered.” This is a legal term for assets remaining in an estate after the death or removal of the estate administrator. When an administrator is appointed to succeed another who has left the estate partially unsettled, the administrator is said to be granted "administration de bonis non, " that is, of the goods not already administered. An administrator de bonis non steps in and takes over an existing estate or revives a closed estate. An administrator de bonis non may be appointed after any lapse of time, if his/her appointment is needed to complete the administration of the estate.