When is probate required?

You will usually need a grant of probate if you are named as the executor in the will of someone who has died or if you are the nearest living relative of a person who dies intestate (without a will). You may not need probate if the person who died had jointly owned assets, as these will automatically pass to the surviving joint owner(s), or if they only had savings.

Only the named executors can apply for probate if there is a will.

If there isn’t a will, the closest living relative can apply for probate.

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