Probate is a legal term which confirms a person has authority to administer an estate.

A Grant of Probate is a legal document, issued and sealed by the Court (the Probate Registry) confirming the appointment of a person as a Personal Representative and giving them the authority to administer and distribute an estate.

There are two types of Grants of Probate:

  • Where there is a Will – this is known as a Grant of Probate;
  • Where there is no Will – this is known as a Grant of Letters of Administration.

Who applies for Probate?

The persons who apply for probate are known as the Personal Representatives and will either be the Executors if there is a Will, or the Administrators if there is no Will.

What is the next step?

At Macks, we can explain probate and what it means to you either as a Personal Representative or a Beneficiary, what you need to do and what choices you have in administering the estate.

We strongly recommend a face-to-face meeting with one of our specialist Solicitors who will be able to explain things in greater detail and advise you on what to do next. The initial meeting will be free of charge and will explain the assistance we can provide to administer the estate as effectively and efficiently as possible.


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