What is a Grant of Probate and what you should expect to see on the document itself?
Some people will have heard the term “Grant of Probate”, but most are likely not to know what it is or what it’s for.
Here, we explain what the term means and what you should expect to see on the document itself.
What is a Grant of Probate?
A Grant of Representation gives you the legal authority to administer the estate of a deceased person. Applying for one involves filling out a Probate Application Form PA1 and an Inheritance Tax form (even when there is no inheritance tax to pay).
A Grant of Probate is a type of a Grant of Representation. It is a Grant that is given to the executor(s) named in a Will which enables them to distribute the contents of the Will.
There is also something called ‘Letters of Administration’ which are applied for when there is no valid Will; or where there are no named Executors; or where the named Executors cannot or will not apply for the Grant of Probate.
What is on the Grant of Probate?
It’s not uncommon for beneficiaries or relatives to be given a copy of the Grant of Probate from the Probate Registry. A range of information is presented on the Grant of Probate – here’s what to expect to see.
The Deceased’s Information:
The full name and address of the deceased – if they were known by an alias that will be on the document
The date the death occurred
The deceased’s domicile
The Executor’s Information:
The name of the person who is applying for probate (the executor of the Will)
Their authority to obtain probate
If the executor is applying for probate on someone else’s behalf, it will state “for the use and benefit of”
Other Information the Grant of Probate will contain:
The date of the Will
The date probate has been issued – this is important for anyone contesting a Will as strict time limits apply
The Gross and Net Value of the deceased’s assets – this will determine whether or not inheritance tax needs to be paid and how the process of probate will work
If you choose Get Probate for our Grant of Probate service we will complete the probate application form (PA1), complete the inheritance tax form, and send the necessary documentation to the probate registry for you. This will leave you time to focus on more important matters.