When someone dies a Grant of Probate or Administration is normally required to access and transfer assets.
Except with small estates, regulatory bodies, financial institutions and others will not deal with anybody apart from the formally recognised Executor or Administrator.
Probate and Administration are intricate areas governed by the Succession Act 1965. This regulates what happens when a person dies having made a Will (“testate”) or without a Will (“intestate”) and also sets out the rights and entitlements of spouses, partners, cohabitees, children and other interested parties.
The following list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) should answer most queries: