CAN THE COURT APPOINT ITS OWN ADMINISTRATOR?

Section 116 of the Supreme Court Act 1981 gives the Court power, where “necessary or expedient” to appoint an Administrator where, for example, the person entitled to a grant is considered “unfit” or is “inappropriate to act;” where the person has been found guilty of murder or manslaughter against the deceased; where a grant is required to enable proceedings to be issued against the Estate pursuant to Inheritance(Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975; where the person otherwise entitled has renounced probate and there is no one else able to act; the persons entitled are in dispute with one another or have a conflict of interest; where an executor has inter meddled in the Estate.

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