With regard to real estate, a written instrument evidencing the authority (by court order) of an individual or entity to act on behalf of another. Letters of conservatorship authorize one to act on behalf of a protected person – one who is legally incompetent to manage his or her own affairs. Letters testamentary or letters of administration authorize one to act on behalf of a deceased person (the former if the decedent left a will and the latter if he or she did not).

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