Do executors have to apply for a Grant of Probate?

As an executor do I need to apply for a Grant of Probate?When someone passes on, the executor is left to carry out their wishes in the form of their Will and one of the documents often needed to do this is a grant of probate.A grant of probate is a legal document that confirms the right of the executor to administer the estate of the deceased and can be used as proof of this right with banks, building...

What is probate?

What is probate? When you are researching making a will you may well come across the term ‘probate’ but what actually is probate and how does it affect making a will? Probate is the term that describes the legal right to administer the deceased person’s estate. In very general terms a small estate won’t require probate but it has to be remembered that a small estate will only be a value of under £5000 and will be very simple in structure. In most...

The common mistakes people make when they don’t make a will.

Mistakes people make when they don’t make a will If you haven’t made a will then you may think that all of your money might just automatically go to your partner but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, there are strict laws that set out how assets should be distributed upon someone’s death if they haven’t made a will. Passing on without a will or intestacy as it’s called in law is unfortunately quite common but it can cause...