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Probate

Vincents solicitors has an experienced team of Wills and Probate solicitors who can help with every aspect of Probate. If you need some Probate Advice contact one of the Probate Solicitors for Free Initial Advice on 0800 310 2000. Alternatively you can complete our online probate enquiry form.

What is Probate?

Probate is the handling of the estate, (properties and possessions) of someone who dies. This entails collection of all money, possessions and property, paying of all debts and then distributing the estate to those who are legally entitled to benefit from it. The beneficiaries are usually set out in a will. Any executors of a will must apply to the Probate Registry for a Grant of Probate. A Grant of Probate is a legal document giving Grant of Representation, which gives legal authority to collect in all of the estate assets.

Other types of Grants of Representation come in the form of Letters of administration. These are issued in cases where there is either no Executor named in a will or in cases where a will has not been made at all.

Why is a Grant of Representation Important?

It is important to obtain a Grant of Representation from the Probate Registry in order to gain access to the estates assets. For example a bank will need proof that you are legally entitled to access to the deceased’s bank accounts etc. You will need to supply them with a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration.

Who can obtain a Grant of Representation?

Firstly to apply for a Grant you must be over 18 years old. If a will hasn’t been made then priority is given to:

  •  Husband or Wife
  •  Sons or Daughters (Grandchildren if Sons or Daughters are already deceased)
  •  Parents
  •  Brothers or Sisters
  •  More Distant Relatives


A solicitor may also apply for a Grant of Representation on your behalf.

How do I contact a Probate Solicitor?

You can contact our Probate team Free on 0800 310 2000 or complete our enquiry form online and we’ll get back to you. You can be assured of professional advice and an excellent service.  Once probate has been issued we can also refer beneficiaries to our team of experienced independent financial advisors, Vincents Wealth Management for investment advice, simply ask about our full advice service.

For any enquiries regarding Probate please contact our Wills and Probate Solicitors department on 0800 310 2000
Or enquire online here.