How to Obtain Probate

What is Probate?

When someone dies somebody has to deal with their estate (the money, property, and possessions left) by collecting all the money, paying any debts and distributing the estate to those entitled.

The Probate Registry issues the document which is called a GRANT OF REPRESENTATION. There are three types of grant:

1. Probate issued to one or more of the executors named in the will.

2. Letters of Administration (with will) issued when there is a will, but no executor named or unable to deal with the estate.

3. Letters of Administration issued when your loved one has not made a will or it is not valid.

Consult a Solicitor

In most circumstances, it is advisable for you to consult a solicitor both to relieve you of many worries and to take control of wills, problems of intestacy, outstanding debts, grants and letters of administration. A solicitor could save you a great deal of unnecessary trouble and eventually save you money. If it is known that a will was made, it is important that the contents be ascertained as soon as possible after a death as it may contain instructions regarding the funeral arrangements.

A will may be among personal papers, with the bank or solicitor for safe keeping. If a solicitor has been consulted by your loved one in the recent past it is important that you contact them without delay.