When someone dies there is so much to organise. Funerals and memorials give us the ability to commemorate the person we have lost.
It is also someone's role to consider what happens to the deceased person's estate when they have died.
If they left a Will then an Executor, Executrix or Executors are appointed. If there is no Will then an Administrator will act for the beneficiaries of the intestacy.
There are times when a person's estate can be dealt with by closing the accounts under special banking rules. However where there is property, shares or savings a Grant of Representation is generally needed. In the case of a Will this is a Grant of Probate, with an intestacy this is a Grant of Letters of Administration.
These documents are the Court's approved legal right to administer a deceased person's estate.
When someone dies, you’ll need to get the legal right to deal with their property, money and possessions (their ‘estate’). England and Wales You may be able to apply for a ‘grant of representation’ - known as ‘probate’.