Assistance in obtaining a grant of representation

 

2.24   Instead of engaging a lawyer or a trustee company to apply for a grant of representation, the person entitled to a grant for a small estate has the option of seeking assistance from the Supreme Court Probate Registry.

2.25   This is effectively a legal aid service, assisting in the preparation and filing of documents, arguably reducing time and costs for those involved with small estates. It also encourages those in control of small estates to obtain a full grant rather than choosing informal administration, potentially avoiding some of the risks around liability that may arise with the informal process. Applicants are encouraged to seek independent legal advice where necessary, and will be unable to use the service where the estate is legally complex or too large.

 

 

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