Welcome to this legal advice and update page which offers a general introduction to the legal issues and processes involved in probate.
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Probate comes after a person has died and the person’s estate has to be dealt with.
The right to deal with a person’s property, money and possessions (their estate) after they have died is called probate. Probate is not always required, for example where the estate left has only a small value, or where all property and financial accounts are held in joint names with the surviving spouse or civil partner.
If a will has been made then it is likely that one or more “executors” will have been named in the will to deal with the person's affairs after their death. The executor applies for a grant of probate from a section of the court known as the probate registry. The grant is a legal document which confirms that the executor has the authority to deal with the deceased person's assets