Before the estate (anything belonging to the deceased) can be distributed to the beneficiaries, a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration will be required.
Probate is usually required when the deceased has left a Will. Once the Will has been 'proved' before the Probate Registry of the High Court the Executors are able to administer the estate.
Letters of Administration are necessary when the deceased has died intestate (not left a Will). Usually the Next of Kin applies to the court to administer the estate. The Court, when satisfied that the applicants claim is valid, will issue Letters of Administration appointing the applicant as administrator of the estate.
If the estate is small, it may not be necessary for such a grant. The probate Registry will advise whether a grant is required.
Certain bills do not require Probate or Letters of Administration, such as the funeral account. Often if there are sufficient funds in the deceased's bank account, the bank will release the funds on production of the funeral account and a Death Certificate.
We are associated with Trust Matters Ltd who are specialists in wills and probate and can guide you through the probate process.
Please visit www.trustmatters.co.uk or call 01727 737 610