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Probate and what it means

Probate (also know as grant of confirmation in Scotland) is the term used when the executor named in a Will applies to the court probate registry in order to be able to deal with the affairs of someone who has recently died – known as administering the estate.

In cases where someone has left a Will

When an executor named in someone’s Will applies to the court for grant of probate, they are provided with a legal document to confirm they have the authority to deal with the deceased estate comprising money, property and belongings. This allows them access any available funds, sort out any finances and distribute the proceeds to those named in the Will.

In cases where someone did not leave a Will

If no Will is available a close relative of the deceased can administer the estate once they have applied to the probate registry for a grant of letters of administration. This is a legal document which confirms that they are now the administrators of the estate and allows them to deals with any assets left after the death.

IF YOU REQUIRE FURTHER INFORMATION ON ANY ISSUES SUCH AS PROBATE OR OTHER CONCERNS ON THE DEATH OF A FAMILY MEMBER , YOU’LL FIND LOTS OF USEFUL ADVICE ON THE CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU’S WEBSITE.