What is Probate Law
Probate law in the UK is lawful confirmation agreed to one or more people whom are going to undertake or administer a departed person’s estate. The certificate issued by the UK Probate Service is called a ‘grant of representation’; the grant is a legal verification of the executor or administrator’s authority to deal with the assets belonging to the dead persons estate.
There are 3 main types of grant of representation
- Probate – this is issued to the executors of the estate, who are the people named in the will;
- Letters of Administration – these are given out when no Will has been made by the person who has died, this means the person has died intestate.
Many organisations will not allow executors or administrators of a UK estate to access the deceased’s assets without legal evidence. This evidence comes in the form of a grant of probate. As soon as the grant is issued then you will be able to carry on with the administration of the estate.
Probate law in the UK is ordinarily necessary if the estate has the following conditions:
The assets/jewellery/antiques personal belongings of the estate are worth more than £5,000;
The person who died has property or land
The person who dies has shares, Insurance policies savings etc
How do I apply for a grant of probate?
You need to find your local probate office. Contact us at Final Duties and we will help you through the process from start to finish. We have dedicated staff that will assess the situation and give you details on the first part (applying for grant of probate) we will help you through every step and advise you.