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West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Maryland Rules
Title 6. Settlement of Decedents' Estates
Chapter 400. Administration of Estates
MD Rules, Rule 6-454
(a) Appointment of Special Administrator. When necessary to protect property before the appointment and qualification of a personal representative or before the appointment of a successor personal representative following a vacancy in the position of personal representative, the court shall enter an order appointing a special administrator. The appointment may be initiated by the court or the register or upon the filing of a petition by an interested person, a creditor, the personal representative of a deceased personal representative, or the person appointed to protect the estate of a personal representative under a legal disability.
(b) Contents of Petition. A petition for appointment of a special administrator shall contain a brief description of the property requiring protection, a statement setting forth the necessity for the appointment before the appointment of a personal representative and, when appropriate, the reasons for the delay in the appointment of a personal representative.
(c) Bond. Upon appointment, the special administrator shall comply with Rule 6-312, except to the extent that the court, upon recommendation of the register, may otherwise prescribe.
(d) Specified Duties. The special administrator shall assume any unperformed duties required of a personal representative concerning the preparation and filing of inventories, accounts and notices of filing accounts, and proposed payments of fees and commissions. The special administrator shall collect, manage, and preserve property of the estate and shall account to the personal representative subsequently appointed. The special administrator shall have such further powers and duties as the court may order.
(e) Notice. Notice of the appointment of a special administrator is not required unless otherwise directed by the court.
Cross reference: Code, Estates and Trusts Article, ยงยง 1-101 (s), 6-304, 6-401 through 6-404, 7-201, 7-301, and 12-701.


[Adopted June 28, 1990, eff. Jan. 1, 1991. Amended Feb. 10, 1998, eff. July 1, 1998; Nov. 12, 2003, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.]
MD Rules, Rule 6-454, MD R DEC EST Rule 6-454
Current with amendments received through February 1, 2024. Some sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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