Registering the grant and collecting in the principal estate assets

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

  • Registering the grant and collecting in the principal estate assets
  • Effect of the grant
  • Registration of the grant
  • Collecting in the assets
  • Bank and building society accounts
  • ISAs
  • Premium Bonds
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Registering the grant and collecting in the principal estate assets

Effect of the grant

The grant of representation is an order of the court. Its purpose to confirm the appointment of the personal representative(s) (PRs) and, where it exists, the validity of any Will. No one else can act as PR until the grant is revoked or ‘called in’ by the court. The information for insertion in the grant is taken from application form PA1P or PA1A (formerly a separate statement of truth) or the online application.

On receipt of the grant of representation from HMCTS Probate the names, addresses and dates should be checked to confirm they are correct. If any of the details are incorrect, a district judge or registrar has the power to amend the grant if necessary.

Although they may think so, the grant does not give those entitled under a Will or an intestacy a beneficial interest in the estate until the administration is finished. None of the beneficiaries has any proprietary interest in any particular asset within the estate. Their only entitlement is a right to have the estate administered.

However, it should be noted that if a beneficiary dies within the administration period their PRs are entitled to the receipt of their entitlement for the benefit of those entitled under the deceased beneficiary’s own Will or intestacy.

Registration of the grant

To register the

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