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867.07 Grounds for appointment of special administrator. Whenever it appears by petition to the court that a person has died and the court would have jurisdiction for the administration of the person's estate, the court may appoint a special administrator if it appears that:


(1) There is no estate to be administered and an act should be performed on the part of the decedent, the performance of which affects or is of importance to the petitioner or any other person.


(2) The final judgment of distribution in the estate has been entered and an act remains unperformed in the estate, or that unadministered assets have been found or may be found belonging to the estate.


(3) The estate can be settled under s. 867.01 or 867.02.


(4) It is necessary to conserve or administer the estate of a decedent before letters can be issued to a personal representative.


(5) Circumstances provided for in s. 867.05 (5) and (6) exist.


(6) A cause of action exists for or against the decedent or the decedent's estate and that it is necessary that some act be performed before letters can be issued to a personal representative.


(7) Other circumstances exist which in the discretion of the court require the appointment of a special administrator.

867.07 – ANNOT.

History: 1971 c. 307 s. 118; 1977 c. 449; 1987 a. 27 s. 3202 (47) (a); 1993 a. 486.

867.07 – ANNOT.

Cross-reference: See s. 856.01 for jurisdiction for administration of estates.

867.07 – ANNOT.

This section does not provide a different procedure for taking depositions than that provided in ch. 804. In Matter of Estate of Berth, 157 Wis. 2d 717, 460 N.W.2d 436 (Ct. App. 1990).

867.07 – ANNOT.

A “Simple” Probate Should Not Be This Complicated: Principles and Proposals for Revising Wisconsin's Statutes for Probate Summary Procedures. Johnson. 2008 WLR 612.