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Wills and probate FAQs

Why do I need a will?
If you want to have a say in what happens to your money, property or possessions when you die then you need to make a Will. This is very important:

  • if you are unmarried or have not registered a civil partnership – your partner cannot inherit and this may cause serious financial hardship.
  • if you have children  arrangements for the children can be made
  • if you wish to benefit someone who is not close family.

If you do not make a Will there are rules which set out how your money, property or possessions are to be distribute.

Do I need a solicitor to prepare my will?
No, but it is always advisable to get professional advice so that your Will gives full expressions to your own wishes and meets with the legal requirements so that it is valid.

What are executors?
Executors are the people you choose to administer your Estate in accordance with the provisions of your Will after your death.

What is a grant of probate?
This is the document issued by the Probate Registry giving authority to your Executors to administer your Estate. The Grant of Probate is required to collect in the money and property to your Estate.

What is a grant of letters of administration
Where there is no Will there are rules which set out who is to administer your Estate and this gives the same authority as the Grant of Probate.

How long does it take to get a grant of probate?
The process takes approximately 3 months from the date of death. This is only a very general guide and depends upon the circumstances at the time of your death and the issues involved in administration of your Estate.


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