De bonis non administratis

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De bonis non administratis, Latin for "of goods not administered," is a legal term for assets remaining in an estate after the death or removal of the estate administrator. The second administrator is called the administrator de bonis non and distributes the remaining assets. In the Uniform Probate Code, these titles have been replaced by successor personal representative.[1]

The most common cause of a grant of de bonis non by a court is where the administrator dies. However, it can also be granted in cases where the chain of representation is broken. Such would happen, for example, when the executor of a will has obtained probate, but then dies intestate. (Normally, if the executor dies testate, the representation passes to the executor of the first executor's estate upon probate of the latter's own will. This is governed by Section 7 of the Administration of Estates Act 1925 in the United Kingdom.)[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gordon W. Brown (2003). "The Personal Representative". Administration of Wills, Trusts, and Estates. Cengage Learning. p. 286. ISBN 9780766852815. 
  2. ^ Robert Mckeon (2001). Q & a on Succession. Cavendish Publishing Ltd. p. 216. ISBN 1-85941-621-7. 

Further reading[edit]

  • William Selwyn (1838). "Of the Nature of the Interest of an Executor or Administrator in the Estate of the Deceased — In what Cases it is transmissible, and where an Administration de bonis non is necessary". An Abridgment of the Law of Nisi Prius. London: J. & W. T. Clarke. pp. 786–787. 
  • John Bouvier (2004). "de bonis non". A Law Dictionary. The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. p. 413. ISBN 9781584773580.