At common law an executor or administrator has no authority to administer upon any property of the deceased the situs of which is without the state of his appointment. "Every grant of administration is strictly confined in its authority and operation to the limits of the territory of the government which grants it. and does not de jure extend to other countries." It is, therefore, uniformly held that the domiciliary representative cannot proceed to a foreign state and in his official capacity maintain an action to collect the assets of the deceased located there.
Robert B. Fizzell,
Payment of Debt to Foreign Representatives or Heirs,
18 Bulletin Law Series.
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