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A Grant of Probate is a legal document issued by a court that confirms the validity of a Will and gives the executor(s) named in the Will the legal authority to manage the deceased person’s estate.
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A probate lawyer assists individuals in obtaining a grant of probate, which is the legal recognition of a will. They guide executors through managing and distributing a deceased person’s estate according to the will and relevant laws.
The duration of the probate process can vary based on the complexity of the estate and whether there are any disputes. After applying to the Supreme Court, it may take several weeks to several months for the grant to be issued, provided there are no complications.
Not all wills require probate. Probate is typically necessary when the deceased owned real estate in their name only or had significant assets. Smaller estates without real estate may be administered without the need for a formal grant of probate. Still, it’s always advisable to consult a probate lawyer to understand the specific requirements.
Yes, foreign wills can be recognised, but they may require a reseal of probate from a local court. This process acknowledges the validity of a foreign grant of probate or letters of administration, allowing the executor to deal with assets within the jurisdiction.
It is generally expected that an executor will start the probate application process within 3 months of the date of death. A Grant of Probate can be obtained in around six weeks from the time you submit your application and provide us with necessary documents. The administration of the estate should then be completed within 12 months.