Probate! What is it and when do I need to apply for it?

If you are named as an executor on a will, then when that person dies it will be your duty to administer the estate.  The first step in administering an estate is usually to apply for probate.  What is Probate? A Grant of Probate in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, (or a Grant Confirmation in Scotland) gives you the legal right to deal with the estate of someone who has died. To be granted probate you will need to apply to the Probate Office. They will post out the Grant of Probate after they have processed your application.  This can [...]

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