Pendente lite

Pendente lite – This phrase comes from Latin and literally it means: “during litigation” . It refers to an action to be taken termporary until the end of a pending court case, where it is expected that the matters will be settled for the future. For example, if one heir attacks a read personal will, then the court has the power to appoint an administrator “pendente lite” with concrete duties to secure and keep the assets of the decedent person until the court decides on the disputed 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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