Duhaime's Law Dictionary


Pendente Lite Definition:

Latin: during litigation.

Related Terms: Administrator, Injunction

While litigation is ongoing.

For example, if the validity of a will is challenged, a court might appoint an administrator pendente lite with limited powers to do such things as may be necessary to preserve the assets of the deceased until a hearing can be convened on the validity of the will.

Another example is an injunction pendente lite, to last only during the litigation and, again, designed simply to preserve something until the decisive court order is issued.

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