An administrator to collect is an emergency administrator, appointed by the court before
full letters of office are issued in order to attend to pressing estate matters.
A court may issue letters of administration to collect when (1) a contingency happens that
produces delay in the issuance of other letters of office and it appears to the court that the
estate of the decedent is liable to waste, loss, or embezzlement, or (2) a person is missing
from his or her usual place of residence and cannot be located or while in military service is
reported missing or missing in action. Issuance of such letters may result form the filing of a
petition of any interested person or upon the court’s own motion. 755 ILCS 5/10-1(a).
One seeking appointment as an administrator to collect must be qualified to act as an
administrator, generally. 755 ILCS 5/10-1(a). The court has discretion to select an
administrator, giving due consideration to any person named in the will, or, absent a will, to
preferences stated in 755 ILCS 5/9-3. The administrator to collect’s authority continues only
until the appointment of an executor or an administrator. Freilich v. Wener, 188 Ill. App. 577
(1914), affd Jacob Wener & Co. v. Freilich, 268 Ill. 58, 108 NE 711 (1915).