An executor must apply to the Supreme Court for a Grant of Probate. This will then give the executor the authority to carry out their duties outlined in the deceased’s will.
Once Probate is granted, all the assets of the deceased are entrusted to the executor. The executor then can use the Probate document as proof that they now have the ability to act for the deceased. This document is accepted by banks, real estate agents and land offices as an authority to act.
These asset holders will then transfer the deceased’s assets into the executor’s name so that the executor can then distribute the estate according to the will.
You might not need a probate order if a person died without independently owning any property, and had only a small amount of money to his or her name.
If you are not sure whether or not you should apply for Probate, contact us today and we will give you a free analysis of your situation.
Probate cannot be granted if you don’t have the original will of the deceased.
If you do not have the original will, you may apply for Letters of Administration.