Temporary Administrator Law and Legal Definition

Temporary administrator is an administrator of a decedent's estate appointed for some cause, such as the pendency of a will contest, whereby regular administration is delayed, the property being exposed in the meantime to waste and loss in the absence of an authorized agent to collect the debts and preserve the assets.

The powers of a temporary administrator are statutory, and those of an executor testamentary as well as statutory. A temporary administrator possesses none of the authority given by a will to an executor. Likewise the commissions fixed by the statute as compensation for a temporary administrator are statutory, and the statute cannot, of course, be limited by any provision in a will. [In re GUARANTY TRUST CO., 280 A.D. 310 (N.Y. App. Div. 1952)].