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What is Probate?

When a person dies somebody has to deal with their estate by collecting in all the money, paying any debts and distributing what is left to those people entitled to it. Probate is the court's authority given to a person or persons to administer a deceased person's estate and the documentation issued by the probate service is called a Grant of Representation. This document is usually required by the asset holders as proof to show the correct person or persons have the Probate service's authority to administer the deceased person's estate. The Probate service will issue grants of representation, which are known as either

  • Probate certificate (when there is a valid will)
  • Letters of Administration (when the deceased persons has left a will, but no executor is acting)
  • Letters of Administration (when no will has been left)

Probate Office: (0161) 2405701

Manchester Civil Justice Centre
Ground Floor
1 Bridge Street West
P O Box 4240
M60 1WJ

First step, register the death

Things to consider:

registration procedure
people to inform
civil funeral ceremonies
choosing a memorial
the experience of grief