Special Administration Law and Legal Definition

Special administration means an administration limited in authority to deal with only certain specified effects or acts. It does not confer authority to administration of a whole estate. It is generally granted during a particular time or at the existence of a special cause. For example, a special administration is granted during controversies over a will. Special administration is also called limited administration.

The object of special administration was described by the court in In re Estate of Heaton, 142 Cal. 116 (Cal. 1904) as “to preserve the estate until general letters testamentary or of administration are granted, and the executor or administrator empowered to take charge of it. If there is any delay in obtaining such letters in the first instance, or if the authority of the executor or administrator is suspended by an appeal from the order granting general letters to either of them, it is the duty of the court to take charge of the estate by special administration”.