Recognition of grants and confirmations within the UK
Recognition of grants and confirmations within the UK

The following Wills & Probate practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Recognition of grants and confirmations within the UK
  • Scottish confirmations
  • Northern Ireland grants
  • England and Wales grants
  • No recognition

Recognition of grants and confirmations within the UK

For probate purposes, the UK consists of three jurisdictions:

  1. England and Wales

  2. Scotland

  3. Northern Ireland

If the deceased dies domiciled in one of these jurisdictions with assets in another, only one grant is necessary.

The grant will be taken out wherever the deceased died domiciled. If the grant contains a note of their domicile, it will be recognised in the other parts of the UK.

Where the grant or confirmation issued before the coming into operation of the Administration of Estates Act 1971 (AEA 1971) on 1 January 1972, a statement noting domicile may not appear in the grant.

An application, in respect of English and Welsh grants, for a note of domicile to be appended to the grant should be made to the district probate registry where the grant was issued.

Scottish confirmations

A Scottish confirmation:

  1. includes a copy of the inventory of the deceased's estate as sworn by the representatives

  2. authorises the representatives to deal with any of the

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