Temporary Administration Law and Legal Definition

Temporary administration means the appointment of a fiduciary by a court to administer the affairs of a decedent’s estate for a short while prior to the appointment of an administrator or executor. A temporary administration can be granted either pending a will contest, or pending a contest on an application for letters of administration. The court may at any time during the pendency of a contest confer upon a temporary administrator all the power and authority of a permanent administrator with respect to claims against the estate.

A temporary administrator can act in the same manner as a permanent administrator on matters such as the approval or disapproval of claims, payment of claims, and the making of sales of real or personal property for the payment of claims. However, a temporary administrator shall give a bond in the full amount required of a permanent administrator in the event of conferring such power and authority.