The jurisdiction to administer an estate is based on the death of its owner. This jurisdiction is not to be confused with the different and quite distinct powers of the courts when someone is alive, such as the power to:

(a)administer the property of a living person who lacks mental capacity;45

(b)supervise the exercise, after the donor’s loss of capacity, of an enduring power of attorney or lasting power of attorney;46 or

(c)appoint a receiver, for example, for a living person who is inaccessible and unable to deal with his or her own property,47, 48 such as someone who has been taken hostage.

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