Rebecca Suthers
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Date Published:21 Sep 2018 Last Updated:22 Jul 2021

​Grant of Probate – when is it required?

Wills, Trusts & Probate

It is commonly recognised that a Grant of Probate or Grant of Letters of Administration are required to deal with the assets of a deceased person. However, what is often not considered is where the relative of a deceased person wishes to bring a claim on their behalf. A very recent and topical example of this is illustrated in the article here.

The case relates to the widow of the late Mr Lane [pictured together below] seeking to bring a claim against her late husband’s employer, courier service DPD. In order to have the authority to bring the claim, Mrs Lane required a Grant of Letters of Administration. This is an Order issued by the Probate Registry which provides an individual with the necessary authority to act on behalf of the deceased person and administer their estate.

Should you require any assistance with obtaining a Grant to an estate or simply require advice in relation to one then please contact our Wills, Trusts & Probate department, who will be able to help. For more information please contact Rebecca Suthers on 01425 207621 or email her.