What is The Probate Service

The Probate Service forms part of the HM Courts & Tribunals Service.

It deals with ‘non-contentious probate, which is probate applications where there is no dispute about the authenticity of a will or any entitlement to a grant. The Probate Service is responsible for issuing grants of representation which are in most cases required in order for a deceased’s persons assets to be administered. There are 3 types of grant of representation that the court will issue.

  1. Grant of Probate (when the deceased person left a valid Will and an executor is acting)
  2. Letters of administration with will (when a person has left a valid will but there is no executor)
  3. Letters of administration (when there is no valid will.)

These different types of grants of representation appoint people known as personal representatives and gives them the legal authority to administer the deceased person’s estate and assets.

The Probate Service is currently made up of:

  1. The Principal Registry in London
  2. 11 District Probate Registries
  3. 18 Probate Sub-Registries situated throughout England and Wales

There are also a number of Probate ‘offices’ usually a room in a court or local authority building which staff attend, as necessary, to allow personal applicants to attend to swear the oath.

If you are the executor or administrator of an estate that needs to apply for probate, Final Duties provide a Full administration probate service at a fixed rate fee, give us a call on 08007318722 for a fixed fee probate quote or send us an inquiry via our website.

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