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What is a Grant of Representation?

 

A grant of representation is a document issued by the Probate Court which enables the person(s) named in it to deal with the assets and belongings ['estate'] of the deceased. It allows assets to be liquidated & collected, property to be sold or transferred and debts to be paid.

 

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There are three types of grant of representation:


  • Probate: granted to the executors named in the Will Letter of Administration [with Will]: granted to someone other than an executor when the deceased left a valid Will, and Letters of Administration: granted when the deceased did not leave a Will.

 

  • Letter of Administration [with Will]: granted to someone other than an executor when the deceased left a valid Will, and,

 

  • Letters of Administration: granted when the deceased did not leave a Will.

 

 

 

 

 

How do we find a Grant ?

There is no time limit by which a grant must be obtained. A search of the Probate Calendar [National Index] will reveal whether a grant has issued. There is a calendar for every year from 1858 up to date.

 

Prior to 1973, the calendars were in book form but after that they were recorded on microfiche. Since 1998, the calendar from 1996 onwards is kept on computer. Entries are made in the calendar in the year in which the grant issued [which is not necessarily the year in which the deceased died] and are arranged in alphabetical order by the surname of the deceased.

 

The amount of information given in the calendars has changed slightly over the years, but every entry will include the following details:

 

  • full name and last address

  • the date of death

  • the type of grant issued

  • the Registry at which the grant issued and the date of issue

  • the value of the estate - in cases where inheritance tax has been paid the exact figures for both the gross and net estate are shown but for excepted estates the net estate figure is shown rounded up to the nearest £1000.

 

The calendars include all grants issued throughout England and Wales.

If the death occurred a long time ago, it probably means that a grant was not needed, in which case we will be unable to help you further. If the death was more recent, it may mean either that no grant was needed, or that a grant has not yet been obtained as there is no time limit for applying for probate. If you think that a grant is likely to be issued, we can ask for a standing search in the estate to be placed on the probate computer system. This request will stay on the system for 6 months and a grant will automatically be sent to us if and when it is issued. The standing search can be extended after 6 months has passed if nothing has been issued.

 

 

 

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