WVC 44 - 1 - 5
§44-1-5. When curator may be appointed; his duties.
The county court, or clerk thereof during the recess of the
regular sessions of such court, may appoint a curator of the
estate of a decedent, during a contest about his will, or during
the infancy or in the absence of an executor, or until
administration of the estate be granted, taking from him a bond
in a reasonable penalty. The curator shall take care that the
estate is not wasted before the qualification of an executor or
administrator, or before such estate shall lawfully come into
possession of such executor or administrator. He may demand, sue
for, recover, and receive all debts due to the decedent, and all
his other personal estate, and when there is a will may, or if a
will be in contest shall, with respect to any real estate whereof
the decedent or testator may have died seized or possessed,
exercise such rights as the executor or administrator with the
will annexed could exercise, including the collection of any
rents and profits of such real estate and the leasing of the same
for a term not exceeding the period of the curator's incumbency.
Upon the qualification of an executor or administrator, such
curator shall account with the executor or administrator for, and
pay over to him, such estate as came into such curator's hands or
for which he is liable.