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The Probate Registry is a branch of the court which deals with probate applications. So, before a Personal Representative is able to formally deal with the estate, their appointment must be confirmed in the Grant of Representation obtained from the Probate Registry.
The process involves collecting the information about all of the assets and liabilities of the deceased and preparing the statutory Tax Returns, before the application for the Grant can be made to the Probate Registry.
The Probate Registry is in charge of handling all Grant of Representation applications and is responsible for checking through all applications received.
They must ensure that the applicant is entitled to be given a Grant; this is usually the person named in the Will as Executor or, if there is no Will, the next of kin. Where the deceased left a Will, they will also check through the Will to ensure that it is valid.
If there is any doubt as to whether a Will is valid, for example if the Will appears to have been altered or amended, the Probate Registry may request additional evidence from the witnesses of the Will.
Which Probate Registry to use?
There are a number of Probate Registries based at various areas across the country and the Personal Representative can choose their preferred location.
An application for a Grant can be submitted to any Probate Registry, so you don’t have to go to the one nearest to where the death occurred, or in the area where the deceased lived.
Most Probate Registries are open from 9.30am until 4pm. Please visit the Justice website to find your nearest Probate Registry or feel free to give us a call on 0300 303 9000 if you would like further advice.