Do you need a Grant of Probate?
When a person dies, someone has to deal with their estate by collecting in all the money, paying any debts and distributing the estate to those entitled to it. The term ‘Probate’ often means the issuing of a legal document to one or more people authorising them to do this.
The Probate Registry issues the document which is called a ‘Grant of Representation’. There are three types of Grant:
- Probate issued to one or more of the executors (e.g. people named in the Will to deal with the estate)
- Letters of Administration issued when there is a Will but no executor has been named, or when the executors are unable to apply or do not wish to be involved in dealing with the Estate.
- Letters of Administration issued when the deceased has not made a Will or the Will is not valid.
What is its purpose?
A Grant is a document issued by the Court which enables the person/s named to deal with assets and belongings of the deceased. It allows money in banks and building societies to be collected, property to be sold or transferred and debtors to be paid.
Is a Grant needed in all cases?
No. Certain organisations may release monies held if the amount is small. Also where a joint Bank or building society account is held, production of a Death Certificate may be sufficient for the monies to be transferred to the joint holder. Where a property is held in joint names and is passed by survivorship to the other joint owner, it may not be necessary to obtain a Grant.
However, if the above circumstances do not apply or if the organisation concerned informs you that a Grant is required, please contact the Probate Registry for further information.