Minor

This is a term used in wills and probate.

A minor refers to a person under 18 years of age. In England Wales and Northern Ireland a minor is unable to act as an executor.  In the case of a minor being named as the only executor then his parents or guardian can apply for a grant of letter of administration with will annexed and act as the executor on his behalf. Should the minor reach the age of 18 before the administration of the estate he can then apply for grant of probate.

You can not make a valid will if you are a minor unless you are on active military service.

In a will it may be advisable to state who will be responsible for looking after children who are under the age of 18.

A child under the age of 18, a minor, is not able to receive a gift under your will until they reach the age of 18, unless your will specifies otherwise.

Where a gift in a will is going to a minor the executors and trustees may be given the option to give the gift to the child's parent or guardian, this runs the risk of the parent or guardian using the gift and the beneficiary never receiving the gift or the parent or guardian could choose that the minor should receive the benefit immediately.

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