Special Administrator Law and Legal Definition

A special administrator is a person appointed by the court in a probate proceeding ro manafe the assets and/or investigate the status of the estate and report to the court. A special administrator is often appointed when there is a dispute between beneficiaries and the executor or administrator.

A special administrator may also be appointed to administer only a portion of a deceased person's estate. A special administrator may also be appoimted when necessary to protect the estate of a decedent prior to the appointment of a general personal representative or if a prior appointment has been terminated. The appointmentof a special administrator may also be made when it is necessary to preserve the estate or to secure its proper administration including its administration in circumstances where a general personal representative cannot or should not act.