How to check if probate has been granted

How to check if probate has been granted

Becoming the executor of an estate comes with many responsibilities, but in some cases, it can be even more challenging for those who are not executors or not named in the will when they believe they should have been. If you have any questions or concerns about the will of a loved one, you may be looking into contesting it and wondering how to check if probate has been granted. Keep reading to find out more.

What is probate?

A grant of probate refers to a document which confirms the identity of the executor of an estate. This grants the executor the legal right to handle the estate of the deceased, and means they will carry out what has been written in the will. There may be one or many executors of a will, and the executor who applies for the grant of probate has to let the others know.

Open communication

Of course, the easiest way to find out if probate has been granted is with open communication between yourself and others who have a vested interest in the estate of the deceased. However, this is not always possible due to communication breakdowns, or not being aware of other potential parties.

Via public records online

In England and Wales, it is possible to discover if probate has been granted via the government’s probate <a href=””>related</a> website, where you will be able to enter information regarding the testator and search for issued probate. You can order a copy of this too.

Via post

If you can’t go online, you may also use the PA1S form, which provides the same search function via physical post. You may also ask for a copy of the relevant documentation. You should note in this case and when searching online that probate is often not issued for six months after a death. You may still make a “standing search” and the relevant documentation will be released when probate is granted.

Can you contest a will after probate?

It is possible to contest a will <a href=””>after probate</a> has been granted, however, it is essential to source the correct legal support. You need to have good grounds to do this, as it’s easier to contest a will before probate has been granted. It is possible to prevent probate from being granted via a caveat, but this is legally risky and again, legal support helps to back up your claim and provide you with the best protection and outcome possible.

How to check if probate has been granted

If you need more information on how to check if probate has been granted, contesting a will or any other issues surrounding contesting wills, then get in touch with Willclaim Solicitors.

You can simply enter your details <a href=””>here</a> to arrange a free claim assessment and see how we can support you.