In simple terms, a Grant of Probate is the “validation” of the fact that the deceased’s Estate has been cleared by H.M.R.C. (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs), having been valued correctly, assessed for outstanding taxation due and such outstanding amounts paid. It is the official authorisation to the Executors of any Will that they may proceed with the distribution as required under the terms of the Will.
A Grant of Probate is not always required and this is determined by a number of factors namely whether the deceased was married or in a civil partnership, whether assets were held jointly or solely and the values of the Estate involved. It is however, irrespective of the complexity or otherwise of the deceased’s Estate, always required when a Trust of Property is instigated through a Will.
N. B. The terms used in probate matters for an intestacy i.e. where there is no will, are different.
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