PROBATE & LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION
Application for a grant of probate or letters of administration is usually accomplished by sending appropriate forms to the probate registry for the area in which the deceased previously resided.
Where the deceased made a valid will and the document is available, the application to the registry is for grant of probate; where no such will is available after diligent enquiry or simply does not exist, the application to the same registry on the same forms is for grant of letters of administration.
Within 4 to 6 weeks of application, the registry will have notified the applicant of a time, date and county court venue for the applicant to attend for “an interview”. This process involves a meeting with a representative of the probate court during which the applicant swears an oath confirming that factual details in the application previously made, were true to the best of the applicant’s knowledge.