Wills and Probate

One of two things need to be obtained in order for a deceased person’s representative to assume responsibility for the distribution of the deceased’s estate.

Which one of these two things needs to be obtained depends on whether the deceased person made a legal will or not:

  • If there does not exist a legal will, a deceased person’s representative must obtain a Grant of Letters of Administration – this appoints an Administrator of the Estate
  • If there does exist a legal will, a deceased person’s representative must obtain a Grant of Probate – this appoints an Executor of the Estate

If neither Grant can be obtained, a financial institution such as a bank may step in to see to the deceased’s estate’s affairs, as long as the estate is worth less than £15,000.