Probate

Essentials Of The Grant Of Probate

The grant of Probate is a legal document authorising a deceased person’s executor to administer the contents of a will. Upon making his or her will, a person assigns this executor and identifies him or her in the will itself.


What To Do Before Receiving The Grant Of Probate

Executors have to familiarise themselves with the general responsibilities of executors to avoid incurring any legal impediments in the course of interpreting the deceased’s will. Executors are legally bound to complete their responsibilities, failure of which may result in legal complaints and worse, possible delays in the execution of the will’s contents.

A grant of Probate is needed especially when the deceased person left substantial amount of properties, including stocks and real estate. Countries also identify a minimum amount to be considered substantial. If a person’s valued properties fall short of this, the grant may not be necessary to prove the executor’s identity, and he or she could commence the administration of the properties.

What To Do Upon Receiving The Grant Of Probate

Upon being granted, the executor could start executing the person’s will. To properly interpret the contents of a will, however, an administrator may consult the expertise of lawyers. This is to avoid shady areas and misinterpretation, which could result in further legal impediments.

Administering a will, after all, is no easy matter. An executor will be responsible of dealing with stocks, real estate properties, money, and other tangible and intangible properties, as well as guardianship of minor family members.

Shady areas may come up once in a while, such as how to deal with joint accounts. Usually, this is split in half and the executor becomes in charge only of the deceased person’s part.

The executor will also be responsible of making sure all debts, bills, and other types of obligations are paid for on time. Executors are also responsible of settling insurance policies and pensions immediately, informing the concerned institutions of the death of the policyholder or pensioner so that the necessary adjustments to who can claim these can be arranged.