A personal representative may assent to the vesting, in any person who (whether by device, bequest, devolution, appropriation or otherwise) may be entitled thereto, either beneficially or as a trustee or personal representative, of any estate or interest in real estate to which the testator or intestate was entitled or over which he exercised a general power of appointment by his will, including the statutory power to dispose of entailed interests, and which devolved upon the personal representative.
The assent shall operate to vest in that person the estate or interest to which the assent relates, and, unless a contrary intention appears, the assent shall relate to the death of the deceased.
Assent to the vesting of a legal estate shall be in writing, signed by the personal representative, and shall name the person in whose favour it is given and shall operate to vest in that person the legal estate to which it relates, and an assent not in writing or not in favour of a named person shall not be effectual to pass a legal estate.
Any person in whose favour an assent or conveyance of a legal estate is made by a personal representative may require that notice of the assent or conveyance be written or endorsed on or permanently annexed to the probate or letters of administration, at the cost of the estate of the deceased, and that the probate or letters of administration be produced, at the like cost, to prove that the notice has been placed thereon or annexed thereto.
A statement in writing by the personal representative that he has not given or made an assent or conveyance in respect of a legal estate, shall be in favour of a purchaser, but without prejudice to any previous disposition made in favour of another purchaser deriving title mediately or immediately under the personal representative, be sufficient evidence that assent or conveyance has not been given or made in respect of the legal estate to which the statement relates unless notice of a previous assent or conveyance affecting that estate has been placed on or annexed to the probate or administration.
A conveyance by a personal representative of a legal estate to a purchaser accepted on the faith of such a statement shall (without prejudice as aforesaid and unless notice of a previous assent or conveyance affecting that estate has been placed on or annexed to the probate or administration) operate to transfer or create the legal estate expressed to be conveyed in like manner as if no previous assent or conveyance had been made by the personal representative.
A personal representative making a false statement, regarding any such matter, shall be liable in like manner as if the statement had been contained in a statutory declaration.
An assent or conveyance by a personal representative in respect of a legal estate shall, in favour of a purchaser, unless notice of a previous assent or conveyance affecting that legal estate has been placed on or annexed to the probate or administration, be taken as sufficient evidence that the person in whose favour the assent or conveyance is given or made is the person entitled to have the legal estate conveyed to him, and upon the proper trusts, if any, but shall not otherwise prejudicially affect the claim of any person rightfully entitled to the estate vested or conveyed or any charge thereon.
A conveyance of a legal estate by a personal representative to a purchaser shall not be invalidated by reason only that the purchaser may have noticed that all the debts, liabilities, funeral, and testamentary or administration expenses, duties, and legacies of the deceased have been discharged or provided for.
An assent or conveyance given or made by a personal representative shall not, except in favour of a purchaser of a legal estate, prejudice the right of the personal representative or any other person to recover the estate or interest against any duties, debt, or liability to which such estate or interest would have been subject if there had not been any assent or conveyance.
A personal representative may, as a condition of giving assent or making a conveyance, require security for the discharge of any such duties, debts, or liability but shall not be entitled to postpone the giving of an assent merely because of the subsistence of any such duties, debt, or liability if reasonable arrangements have been made for discharging the same; and an assent may be given subject to any legal estate or charge by way of legal mortgage.