Step 5 - Applying for the Grant of Probate
What is the Grant of Probate/ Representation?
The Grant of Representation, is a court order and the official authority to deal with the estate of the person who has died. The grant is issued by the Probate Registry which is part of the High Court. There are different types of grants, the most common are:
Grant of Probate – This is the court order issued to the Executor(s) under a Will.
Grant of Letters of Administration – This is the court order issued to the administrators where the person died without a valid Will.
Grant of Letters of Administration with Will annexed – This is the court order issued to the Administrator(s) where there is a valid Will, however, there are no Executors appointed or they are unable or unwilling to act.
You may hear this being referred to as “Probate”. Following the death, many of the Assets will be frozen and the asset holders will only release the Assets to you once they are happy you have the authority to act. The Grant of Representation evidences this authority.