Legal Definition and Related Resources of Receiver

Meaning of Receiver

A person duly appointed by a court of competent jurisdiction to collect and receive pending the action in which he is so appointed the rents, issues and profits of land or the produce of personal estate or other things in question , which it does not seem reasonable to the court that either party to the action should collect or receive, or where a party is incompetent to do so, as in the case of an infant . He can only be appointed for the purpose of getting in and holding or securing funds or other property which the court after the trial or in the course of the action, will have the means of distributing amongst or making over to the person or persons entitled thereto. Once appointed he becomes an officer of the court and is not a representative of the plaintiff or the defendant . He is not to be interfered with or dispossessed of the property he is directed to receive by anyone although the order appointing him may be erroneous . Davis v Gray, 83 U.S. 203, 21 L.Ed. 447, 16 Wall. 203. The possession of a receiver is that of the court, and he holds, pending the suit, for the benefit of whomsoever it shall in the end be found to concern, neither the title nor the rights of the parties being changed by the possession of the receiver. grant v Phoenix Mut. Life Ins. Co., 106 U.S. 429,1 S.Ct. 414, 27 L.Ed. 237. Any attempt to disturb his possession amounts to contempt of court . Wiswall v Simpson, 55 U.S. 52,14 How. 52, 14 L.Ed. 322.

Receiver Alternative Definition

One who receives money to the use of another to render an account. Story, Eq. Jur. § 446. A person standing indifferent between the parties, who is appointed by the court to take the charge and management of property pending litigation, or for the benefit of the persons who may ultimately be entitled to it. 16 Wend. (N. Y.) 421; 80 111. 468. Receivers are appointed in various proceedings and for various special purposes, but the general design of a receiver is to hold and protect the subject of litigation, whether it be specific property, or the assets of an insolvent. of Lancaster. An officer of the duchy court, who collects all the revenues, fines, forfeitures, and assessments within the duchy.

Financial Definition of Receiver

A bankruptcy practitioner appointed by secured creditors in the United Kingdom to oversee the repayment of debts.

Synonyms of Receiver


  • accepter
  • assignee
  • benefactor
  • beneficiary
  • collector
  • consignee
  • depositary
  • fence
  • grantee
  • holder
  • receptacle
  • receptor
  • recipient
  • trustee
  • Associated Concepts: ancillary receiver
  • appointment of a receiver
  • equitable receiver
  • general receiver
  • joint receivers
  • legal receiver
  • principal receiver
  • provisional receiver
  • receiver in bankruptcy
  • receiver of stolen property
  • receivership
  • statutory receiver
  • temporary receiver

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Receiver in Historical Law

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Legal Abbreviations and Acronyms

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Equitable Execution, Fence, Firearm, Receiver’s Certificate, Trust Fund Doctrine.


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English Spanish Translation of Receiver

Foreclosure-related: Depositario Judicial

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Receiver in Law Enforcement

Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of receiver.


See Also

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Police
  • Law Enforcement Agency

Further Reading

Concept of Receiver in the context of Real Property

A short definition of Receiver: A court appointed person who holds property which is either in dispute or cannot competently be handled by its owner.

Concept of Receiver in the context of Real Property

A short definition of Receiver: A court appointed person who holds property which is either in dispute or cannot competently be handled by its owner.




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