What does Probate mean?

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Probate comes from the Latin word probare meaning to prove or to test. So when a Probate is discussed it refers to the literal action of proving the deceased’s Will. It is therefore the legal process of deciding whether a person’s Will has been made correctly and if the information it contains is correct. In order to access assets, and distribute them as stated in the Will, the Executor must first prove the contents of the Will are correct. When this is done, the Executor must apply for a ‘Grant of Probate’ from the court. This grant is a legal document which will then allow the Executor to deal with the deceased persons assets such as access to their bank accounts for closure etc.

So in short, Probate is the name given to the process of proving who is entitled to deal with the Estate of someone who has died, and who is entitled to benefit. If you are named as an Executor then you need the legal document known as a Grant of Probate, to give you the right to sort out the affairs of the deceased. If there has been no Will made then a close relative will have to apply to the Probate Registry to deal with the estate.

Probate can become stressful and time consuming. You can therefore appoint Acorn Solicitors to deal with the administration of the estate of your loved one. The administration of the estate is dealt with quickly and efficiently by the Probate Solicitors here at Acorn. We are here as much or as little as you need us. We can simply provide you with Probate advice during a free half hour consultation, if that is all you need

At Acorn we offer a free initial, no obligation consultation where we can give you as much or as little help as you need. Do not hesitate to call us and let us help you. For more information visit our FAQ page.  Alternatively, contact us today to arrange your appointment.

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