Handling the estate of your loved one.

How probate works

Before the estate left by a deceased person can be realised and distributed, a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration are usually required. It may be easier to ask a solicitor to act for you.

The distribution of the deceased’s estate is the responsibility of those people named to do so in the Will (known as Executors). If there is no will, the deceased is said to have died ’intestate’ and application must be made to a special division of the High Court in order to administer the estate.

Personal applications should be made via the local Probate Registry.

Address: William Street, Brighton, BN2 2LG.
Telephone: 01273 573 510.

This process is called ‘confirmation’ in Scotland.

Probate advice

Citizens Advice Bureau

Helpful for financial and legal issues.

The Money Advice Service

A free government service to help you with financial matters.
Freephone: 0800 138 7777
Probate advice:

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