An entity with legal rights and existence including the ability to sue
and be sued, to sign contracts, to receive gifts, to appear in court
either by themselves or by lawyer and, generally, other powers incidental
to the full expression of the entity in law. Individuals are "persons"
in law unless they are minors or under some kind of other incapacity
such as a court finding of mental incapacity. Many laws give certain
powers to "persons" which, in almost all instances, includes
business organisations that have been formally registered such as partnerships,
corporations or associations.
In the law of wills, this is the general name given to the
person who administers the estate of a deceased person. There are two
kinds of personal representatives. Where a person dies without a will,
the court must appoint an administrator. Where a personal representative
is named in a will, the personal representative is known as an executor.
A child custody decision which grants the right to organise
and administer the day to day residential care of a child. This is usually
combined with legal custody.