Probate in Northern Ireland
Probate in Northern Ireland is very similar process to that of England & Wales
Before you apply for probate you need to check whether or not there is a Will,
If the person left a will, you’ll get a ‘grant of probate’, if the person did not leave a will (sometimes referred to as Intestate), you’ll get ‘letters of administration’.
The Grant of Probate/Letters of Administration
Value the Estate
Once you have completed all the documents you will need to send a completed appointment request with copy of the death certificate, IHT205/INT400 and a copy of the will if there is one.
If the deceased lived in County Fermanagh, Londonderry or Tyrone you can use either the Londonderry or Belfast office, but if they lived in County Antrim, Armagh or Down you must use the Belfast office.
When you attend the appointment, you will need the following documents:
• Photo ID for Executors
• Death or coroner’s certificate
• Inheritance tax form IHT205 or IHT421
• Original Will
• Marriage certificate – if no Will and the deceased was married
• Decree Absolute – if no Will and the deceased was divorced
• Probate fee payment
• Other forms required by the Probate Office
The Probate Office will try to give you an interview within three weeks of getting your appointment request form. You will be notified of the appointment date and time by telephone or letter.
The interview will take place in a private office and will last about 30 minutes.
If the deceased person left a Will, at least seven days must have passed from the date of death to the date of appointment. If there is no Will, 28 days must have passed.
Fees in N. Ireland
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