Grant of Probate


What is it?

The Grant of Probate is a document issued by a court on the death of a person. If the deceased died without a will, or intestate, the Grant of Probate can be obtained by someone close to the deceased. If the deceased died with a will, then the Grant of Probate should be obtained by the person named in the will as the executor.

What does it allow?

Once obtained from the court, the Grant of Probate allows the executor, or the person close to the deceased, to take control of the assets of the deceased. It means that they will be able to sell assets in order to pay duties and taxes and to distribute the estate as the deceased specified in the will or if he died intestate to distribute the estate as the law states. 

You will often need many copies of the Grant of Probate, and can buy additional copies so that each bank or building society, for example, is aware that you have the right to deal with the estate.

If you would like to obtain legal advice on how to make an application for the Grant of Probate or what to do if you are named as the executor in a will, Contact Law can put you in touch with a local specialist wills and probate solicitor free of charge. Please call us on 0800 1777 162 or complete the web form above.

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