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CHAPTER 140 - SPECIAL ADMINISTRATORS
NRS 140.010 Causes
NRS 140.020 Notice
and order of appointment; order not appealable.
NRS 140.030 Bond
NRS 140.040 Powers,
duties and immunity from liability for certain claims.
NRS 140.050 Payment
of mortgage or lien; payment of interest.
NRS 140.060 Appointment
pending contest of will or appeal from order; appointment before contest of
NRS 140.070 Effect
of grant of letters testamentary or letters of administration.
NRS 140.080 Account
of special administrator.
NRS 140.010 Causes for appointment. The
court shall appoint a special administrator to collect and take charge of the
estate of the decedent, in whatever county or counties the estate may be found,
and to exercise such other powers as may be necessary to preserve the estate:
1. If there is a delay in granting letters
testamentary or letters of administration, from any cause.
2. If letters are granted irregularly.
3. If no sufficient bond is filed as
required by the court.
4. If no petition is filed for letters.
5. If an executor or administrator dies or
is suspended or removed, and the circumstances of the estate require the
immediate appointment of a personal representative.
6. If there may be no assets subject to
administration but good cause exists for the appointment of a personal
representative of the decedent.
7. In any other proper case.
[82:107:1941; 1931 NCL § 9882.82]—(NRS A 1999, 2275)
NRS 140.020 Notice and order of appointment; order not appealable.
1. The appointment of a special
administrator may be made at chambers or in open court, and without notice or
upon such notice to such interested persons as the court deems reasonable, and
must be made by entry upon the minutes of the court or by written order signed
and filed, which must specify the powers to be exercised by the special
2. Upon the filing of the order, and after
the person appointed has given bond if fixed by the court, the clerk shall issue
special letters of administration, with a copy of the order attached.
3. In making the appointment of a special
administrator, the court:
(a) Must appoint a person who satisfies the
qualifications set forth in NRS 139.010;
(b) May give preference to the person or persons
entitled to letters testamentary or letters of administration, but no appeal
may be taken from the appointment.
[83:107:1941; 1931 NCL § 9882.83] + [84:107:1941;
1931 NCL § 9882.84]—(NRS A 1999, 2276; 2009, 1627)
NRS 140.030 Bond and oath. Before
letters issue to a person as a special administrator, the person must:
1. Give bond in such sum as the court
directs, with sureties to the satisfaction of the court, conditioned for the
faithful performance of the duties, unless the court waives bond; and
2. Take the usual oath of office.
[85:107:1941; 1931 NCL § 9882.85]—(NRS A 1999, 2276)
NRS 140.040 Powers, duties and immunity from liability for certain claims.
1. A special administrator shall:
(a) Collect and preserve for the executor or
administrator when appointed all the goods, chattels and receivables of the
decedent, and all incomes, rents, issues, profits, claims and demands of the
(b) Take charge and management of the real
property and enter upon and preserve it from damage, waste and injury.
2. A special administrator may:
(a) For all necessary purposes, commence,
maintain or defend actions and other legal proceedings as a personal
(b) Without prior order of the court, sell any
perishable property of the estate, as provided in NRS 148.170.
(c) Exercise such other powers as have been
conferred by the order of appointment.
(d) Obtain leave of the court to borrow money or
to lease or mortgage real property in the same manner as an executor or
3. A special administrator is not liable:
(a) To any creditor on any claim against the
(b) For any claim against the decedent except a
claim involving wrongful death, personal injury or property damage if the
estate contains no assets other than a policy of liability insurance.
[Part 86:107:1941; 1931 NCL § 9882.86]—(NRS A 1971,
647; 1983, 668; 1999,
NRS 140.050 Payment of mortgage or lien; payment of interest.
1. If any property in the control or
possession of a special administrator is subject to a mortgage or lien to
secure the payment of money, and there is danger that the holder of the
security may enforce or foreclose the encumbrance, and the value of the
property exceeds the amount of the obligation thereon, then, upon petition of
the special administrator or an interested person and upon such notice as the
court deems proper, the court may authorize or direct the special administrator
to make one or more payments on all or any part of the amount so secured.
2. The order may also direct that interest
not yet accrued be paid as it becomes due, and the order shall remain in effect
and cover such future interest unless and until for good cause set aside or
modified by the court upon petition and notice, in the same manner as an
executor or administrator.
[Part 86:107:1941; 1931 NCL § 9882.86]—(NRS A 1999, 2277)
NRS 140.060 Appointment pending contest of will or appeal from order;
appointment before contest of will.
1. If a special administrator is appointed
pending determination of a contest of a will instituted before it is admitted
to probate, or pending an appeal from an order appointing, suspending or
removing an executor or administrator, the special administrator has the same
powers, duties and obligations as an executor or administrator, and the letters
of administration issued to the special administrator must recite that the
special administrator is appointed with those powers.
2. If a special administrator has been
appointed, and thereafter a proceeding to contest a will before it is admitted
to probate has been instituted, the court shall enter an order granting to the
special administrator the additional powers, duties and obligations of an
executor or administrator and requiring such additional bond as the court deems
proper. The order is not appealable.
[87:107:1941; 1931 NCL § 9882.87]—(NRS A 1999, 2277)
NRS 140.070 Effect of grant of letters testamentary or letters of
administration. If letters
testamentary or letters of administration are granted, the powers of a special
administrator cease, and the special administrator shall immediately deliver to
the executor or administrator all the property and effects of the decedent in
the possession of the special administrator and the executor or administrator
may prosecute to final judgment any action commenced by the special
[88:107:1941; 1931 NCL § 9882.88]—(NRS A 1999, 2277)
NRS 140.080 Account of special administrator. A
special administrator shall also render an account, under oath, of the
proceedings in like manner as other administrators are required to do, but if a
person serving as special administrator is appointed the succeeding
administrator or the executor, the accounting otherwise due from the special
administrator may be included in the first accounting as administrator or
[89:107:1941; 1931 NCL § 9882.89]—(NRS A 1975, 1769;
1981, 520; 1999,