Church Courts

Did you know that when a person died intestate (ie, without a will) an administrator was appointed to oversee the distribution of goods both “real” and personal, pay bills, collect debts etc. Who appointed the administrator?

“Generally the person who is to grant administration is the bishop of the diocese , or his officer , where the intestate dwelled…” That is, not the civil courts but the ecclesiastical courts.

Who might be the administrator? Generally next of kin—the son if he was of age. After that it gets very murky.

Fans of the Ashmead world will remember that Eli Benson is a solicitor. I’m just saying…

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