In the State of Connecticut, a creditor of a person who passes away (or another interested party) can apply for temporary administration of the estate to hold and preserve the estate if the regular administration or probating of the will is delayed, or if they believe it is necessary to protect the estate (see C.G.S. Section 45a-316).
If the court grants this appointment the temporary administrator will take possession of the property (both real and personal), inventory such property, and may be authorized by the Court to sell the property or do whatever is necessary to preserve the estate.
Since this is a temporary appointment, once the executor or administrator is appointed, the temporary administrator will deliver the remaining estate to the executor or administrator.
Regardless, in the event that it is a creditor who makes this application, the beneficiaries of the estate may not be too happy with an unrelated party taking control of the decedent's affairs for even a temporary period of time.
It is therefore important to discuss probate with the Connecticut probate attorney as soon as practicable after the death of the decedent. If you have questions regarding this general information or how it may apply to your circumstances, feel free to contact us. Click here for our contact information.