What is the difference between a Grant of Probate and a Grant of Representation?
'Grant of Probate’ vs. ‘Grant of Representation’ - what's the difference?
There is a lot of official jargon to get your head around when you are dealing with a deceased loved one’s estate. And it can all get quite confusing.
One thing that confuses a lot of people is the difference between a ‘Grant of Probate’ and a ‘Grant of Representation’.
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.
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A lot of people find the whole process rather overwhelming and stressful, especially at such a difficult time.