The personal representative is a fiduciary. As such, they owe duties to duly administer and distribute the estate of the deceased, to account fully for the assets of the estate, to account to the estate of any profits arising to them in their position of personal representative and not to allow his position as personal representative to conflict with his interests. A breach of these duties can give rise to loss to the estate, or can lead to the personal representative being liable to account to the estate for profits arising therefrom.

Examples of devastavit include:

(a)failure to get in assets promptly2 or collect rent;3

(b)failure to invest money;4

(c)failure to inspect property;5

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