Probate registry

This is a term used in wills and probate matters.

The Probate Registry is a court within the Family Division of the High Court which deals with probate and administration matters where there is no dispute concerning the validity of a will or entitlement to take a grant. It issues grants of representation which are known as Probate if there is a valid will and an executor is dealing with the estate or Letters of administration with will if there is a will but no executor, or if there is no valid will a letter of administration will be issued by the Probate Registry.

The Principal Registry is in London and there are 11 District Probate Registries and 18 Probate Sub-Registries found throughout England and Wales. There are also rooms set aside in courts or local authority buildings known as Probate 'offices' and which can be manned to allow applicants to attend in person to swear the oath.



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