letters testamentary

noun Law.
an instrument issued by a court or public official authorizing an executor to take control of and dispose of the estate of a deceased person.
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letters testamentary

noun
a legal document from a probate court or court officer informing you of your appointment as executor of a will and empowering you to discharge those responsibilities 
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Approval was shown by the granting of letters testamentary.
Upon the granting of letters testamentary or of administration, the powers of the special administrator shall cease.
For instance, there is nothing comparable to letters testamentary in federal court filings.
The jurisdiction of a court to grant letters testamentary or letters of administration is derived from statutory law.
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