Probate & Letters of Administration
When a person dies, it is necessary to
– gain access to bank accounts
– transfer real estate and other assets
– pursue claims on behalf of the deceased and receive compensation.
If the deceased person had a legal Will, it is necessary to obtain a grant of probate of the Will from the Supreme Court so that the Executor can deal with the assets and liabilities of the estate.
Once a grant of probate is obtained from the Supreme Court the executor can administer the estate.
If a person dies without a valid Will, the law determines who receives the estate. Letter of Administration have to be obtained from the Supreme Court, which allows the assets and liabilities to be dealt with. Letters of Administration authorize a person (the administrator) to administer the deceased estate and distribute the assets.
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