‘Probate’ is a term used commonly when discussing the right to handle a deceased person’s affairs. A ‘grant of representation’ may be applied for when someone dies, giving you the legal right to deal with their money, property and possessions, also known as their estate. This right to handle the estate is called ‘Probate’. Probate usually (circumstances depending) takes around 6-9 months to complete.
A solicitor can apply for this for you, or you can do it yourself. Your solicitor would do the following for you:
There are two types of grant. These are 1) The Grant of Probate – where there is a will, and 2) Letters of Administration – where there is not a will.
You do not need a grant if the estate passes to the surviving spouse or civil partner because it was held in joint names, for example a savings account, or does not include land, property or any shares.
You can apply for a grant of representation yourself, or you can use a solicitor. There are four steps to this:
For more help on Probate matters, contact Edward Hands & Lewis’ Wills & Probate team.
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